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No TV blackout for all remaining Bucs home games

Tampa Bay area fans wishing to watch Buccaneers home games from the comfort of their own homes will get that chance this Sunday and for the rest of the season.

The Buccaneers announced Thursday that the remainder of their regular-season home games will be televised on local TV.

Sunday’s 1 p.m. game against the Arizona Cardinals will be telecast on WTVT, Channel 13.

The team said it is projected to surpass the NFL’s threshold of selling 85 percent of all non-premium tickets for its seven remaining games at Raymond James Stadium.

“In appreciation for the loyal support of our fans throughout the Tampa Bay area, we have committed to televise the remaining seven home games of the 2013 season,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said.

The Bucs were blacked out for 19 of their previous 24 regular-season games at RJS because of insufficient ticket sales, including six of eight home games last year. The home opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 15 was on local TV.

Team officials expressed confidence early in the preseason that more games would be available on local TV this season, the second under head coach Greg Schiano, whose team is off to an 0-3 start.

That start has sparked a change at the quarterback position, where five-year veteran Josh Freeman will be replaced on Sunday by Glennon, the Bucs third-round draft pick last April.

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