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Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

Posted on: April 12, 2011 6:21 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Assuming there is a season next year, the Bears and the Buccaneers will be spending some time abroad.

As ESPN radio reported (via ESPN Chicago ), Chicago and Tampa Bay are the teams that will participate in the now-annual London contest at Wembley Stadium.

The NFL’s preseason schedule was released today (sort of) The regular-season schedule should be released some time next week with a date and time for the London game.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:48 am

Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:15 pm
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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 3:42 pm

Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

I agree completely.  The NFL is not going to expand to Europe.  I lived there for 4 years.  Very few like it or get it or even care to try, like most of us with soccer.  Do you know who went to most the NFL Europe games?  Americans from military bases accounted for over 25% of all the attendance and attendance was low.

It is stupid.  They should be focused on a team in LA and getting the CBA fixed for 15+ years.  IF there is expansion anywhere outside the US it would be Toronto, Edmonton, or Mexico City.  IN reality, I don't see those things happening either.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:24 pm

Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

I hope Cutler's injured knee is OK for this game.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:22 pm

Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

"I don't think it will affect the attendance over there."

Oh yes it will. This has already been proved. From 1986 to about 1994 there was the 'American Bowl' series in London which featured a pre season game. The reason they stopped playing these games over there was the Brits wised up and realized that these were meaningless games, where the "stars' only played 1 at most 2 series than looked bored the rest of the game. Attendence fell to around 15,000 before this series was scrapped.
Those of you, with your heads in the sand, who think that they will be happy to watch a meaningless pre season game, ask yourselves this question, if you wouldn't watch a "meaningless game" what makes you think they will/want to? Stop being so naive.
Regular season games abroad are here to stay and will only increase once the 18 game season kicks in, so live with it.

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:01 pm

Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

I agree that Tampa has a hard time selling out but with all the former mid-westerners in Florida I don't believe there would have been any problem selling out that game. I already organized approx 25 people to go to the game and was waiting on ticket sales when we found out the Bears were supposed to come to Tampa. If the NFL wants games in Europe why not send pre-season games over there because less people go to those games in the states than regular season games and I don't think it will affect the attendance over there.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:34 am

Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

 Buc fans are getting screwed.  We lost a home game 2 years ago to this and it is detrimental to the team because rearranging practices for two weeks and jet lag.

As far as selling out the stadium, get a clue to the truth.

Buccaneers sold out for YEARS when they were good, decided to revamp and rebuild at a time when the Tampa economy is one of the worst in the country.  Ticket sales are already MUCH higher than last year and the fans and the economy will be back.  The Lightning are in the middle of the pack in attendance and do well when they win.  Again, the economy plays a factor.  The Rays have gone on a steady climb in attendance; from about 14,000 6-7 years ago to about 23,000 now.  It is still low, but take into acount the economy and the number of coprorate tickets sold.  If they increase their corporate sales to what the MLB average is the attendance would be about 26 to 27,000.  In a market of 3 million that is the smae percentage that goes to NYY games.

It is mind boggling to me that market size, corporate sales, and local economies are never taken into account.  Plus add in all the people who are fans of other teams who live here and retired here.

Tampa is NEVER going to get 40,000 a night in a MLB park, the market can't handle it.  They should build a stadium near the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel and have it hold about 33,000 at most.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 9:44 am

Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

Couldnt agree more. TB, who has a good young team, had the second lowest attendance in the NFL last year. Glazers own over 95% of Man U. They probably begged  to have a game in UK again lol

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 9:23 am

Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

The Bucs are not getting screwed out of anything and you obviously are not familiar with the Glazer family....they own Manchester United and they understand that they are able to make more money at a HOME game in the UK vs having a home game in Tampa.  Chicago alone will bring a sell out.  If Bucs fans truly think they are getting screwed, that is laughable.  They show as much support to the Bucs as they do to the Rays and to the Lightning when they aren't winning.  I've lived here for 13 years now, and I always find it unbelievable how much my fellow fans complain, yet when I look around, the seats are half empty.  I won't call them bandwagon fans, but I will say that fans here would rather watch a game on TV than go to the game.  Can't fault the owners for going where the payday is higher. 

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:33 am

Report: Bears-Bucs will be in London next year

I somehow see this headline in our future...........

"Blount Punches out Englishman....Knocks Out all 11 Teeth"

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