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Bucs preseason games against Patriots, Dolphins blacked out

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 06:17 PM
TAMPA -

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' streak of local television blackouts will be extended through the team's two home preseason games, according to a team spokesman.

Thursday night's matchup against the Patriots at Raymond James Stadium is not close to selling out.

The Aug. 27 home preseason game against Miami also will be blacked out locally and tickets remain for each of Tampa Bay's seven regular-season home games.

The Oct. 23 matchup against the Bears, considered a home game for the Bucs, will be played at London's Wembley Stadium.

Until last year, every Bucs home game at Raymond James Stadium was a sellout, dating to the opening of the facility in 1998.

Tampa Bay was the only NFL team with eight home blackouts during the 2010 regular season. NFL rules require a game be blacked out in the local television if it is not sold out 72 hours before kickoff.

The preseason games against New England and Miami will be broadcast on tape delay by WTSP, Channel 10. They will also be shown on NFL Network. Dates and times have not been announced.

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