Bucs, Panthers to have small audience

TAMPA, Fla. -- It’s the season opener. It’s a matchup of division rivals. But Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers isn’t going to have a large audience.

Let’s turn to the map on 506sports.com, which shows which games will be broadcast in which markets. The FOX broadcast, which will feature Chris Myers and Ronde Barber, only will be shown in a limited portion of the country.

The game will be shown in most of Florida, all of the Carolinas, portions of Georgia (but not the Atlanta market) and New Orleans. That’s it.

The rest of the nation will get the game between San Francisco and Dallas. Back in the days of Steve Young and Troy Aikman, that would have made a lot of sense. But the rivalry between the 49ers and Cowboys isn’t what it once was.

The game between the Panthers and Bucs could end up being a good one, but only a small portion of the country will have access to it.