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Bucs' opener against Detroit blacked out on Sunday

Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 09:37 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season-opening game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium will be blacked out in the local television market, a team spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The NFL-imposed deadline for achieving a sellout and lifting the blackout was at 1 p.m. Thursday, 72 hours before kickoff.

The Bucs were the only NFL team to have all eight regular-season games blacked out during the 2010 season. Prior to 2010, the team sold out every game at Raymond James Stadium since it opened in 1998.