Dogged by persistent rumors and speculation that the organization consciously is attempting to reduce its overall expenses, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now have a new one to deal with.
According to two different Tampa radio stations, there’s a rumor that the Buccaneers could be for sale.
The reports from WDAE and WFLA are fairly sketchy for now. The rumor of a sale flows from the rumor that the Glazer family suffered steep losses in the Bernie Madoff investment scandal. There’s talk of a note coming due in January 2010 and that, if the Glazers can’t make the payment, they’ll have to sell the team.
The Buccaneers have responded, by essentially declining to respond.
“We are not going to respond to every unsubstantiated rumor,” public relations director Jeff Kamis said, per PewterReport.com.
WFLA has promised more information on Friday. So stay tuned.
UPDATE: Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer has now denied the rumors. In very cleared and strong terms.