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Major Seahawk 09-22-2011 04:23 PM

Bucs’ blackout streak stretches to 10

The Buccaneers host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, in one of the best games of the day.

But it’s not good enough to end the blackout streak in Tampa Bay.

Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune reports that the game will not be sold out. It’s the 10th straight non-sellout for the Buccaneers. Before last year, the Bucs had sold out every game at Raymond James Stadium since the venue opened in 1998.

For most if not all of 2009, the Bucs quietly purchased the unsold tickets, paying 34 cents on the dollar into the visiting teams’ pool.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Bucs expect Sunday’s crowd to be in the same range as the Week One game against the Lions. Per Richardson, more than 51,000 fans showed up for Tampa’s loss to Detroit.

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