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Bucs won't address rumor that team could be for sale

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.

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11 Responses to “Bucs won't address rumor that team could be for sale”
  1. OFFDAHOOKFL says: Oct 29, 2009 1:55 PM

    Makes alot of sense now. Whatever… they wouldn’t spend it either way. Bunch of leprechauns!! I’m glad they lost that money, i’ll take it as a ” In your face” to the Glazer’s for taking all of my money for season tickets the last tens years. I’m out.

  2. callmecougar says: Oct 29, 2009 1:57 PM

    Glazer is positioning himself to be available to own the London franchise in 2012.

  3. Resolution says: Oct 29, 2009 2:04 PM

    I never lost a cent to Madoff, but am furious over what he did to everyone. In all seriousness, I want to see that SOB tortured. I don’t care if there are laws against it, change them. At SOME point, the amount of evil one man can do overpowers any laws that can “nicely” protect him. Don’t comment back at me about how we need to be civilized and be nice to prisoners and/or him because he is old and dying. F* that, torture him. He lived fat and happy off the suffering of other people. He tortured them, let them return the favor.

  4. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 29, 2009 2:05 PM

    A 5 year old could see this team was being run into the ground for a reason.
    London or Los Angeles Buccaneers….
    Tampa Bay residents dont throw or put any more money into this franchise. Its going to be gone soon.
    Maybe the Jaguars can replace the Bucs, when they move.
    There is always the Florida Tuskers who will be playing at the Trop this year.

  5. baybucs says: Oct 29, 2009 2:06 PM

    Statement Regarding False Report
    Oct 29, 2009 -
    Statement by Joel Glazer, Co-Chairman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
    “The report today by WDAE’s Dan Sileo about our family and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is 100 percent false.
    “The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not, nor have they ever been for sale. In addition, our family or any of our related companies have never invested one penny with Bernie Madoff.
    “The report is baseless, irresponsible and slanderous. This type of behavior by Mr. Sileo and his company Clear Channel will be dealt with in the appropriate manner.”

  6. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 29, 2009 2:15 PM

    Statement by Joel Glazer, Co-Chairman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
    “The report today by WDAE’s Dan Sileo about our family and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is 100 percent false.
    “The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not, nor have they ever been for sale. In addition, our family or any of our related companies have never invested one penny with Bernie Madoff.
    “The report is baseless, irresponsible and slanderous. This type of behavior by Mr. Sileo and his company Clear Channel will be dealt with in the appropriate manner.”
    This is a useless statement. The facts are : the Bucs are completely being dismantled as a franchise.
    If you look at past teams that have moved, there was a “running of the team into the ground” before a departure.
    The Bucs owners can deny it all they want, but the actions of the team on and off the field speak volumes.
    Fan base is disappearing over night and season ticket holders are virtually gone.

  7. GoBrowns19 says: Oct 29, 2009 2:31 PM

    This is what Goodell has created with his wish list of L.A. and England. Alot of teams are throwing in the towel in order to be able to collect their retirement payday by selling the team to west coast or overseas billionaires.
    Resolution: I agree totally, I would pay as much money as I have in my savings to watch Madoff get his eyes picked out with a fork.

  8. Duckman1 says: Oct 29, 2009 2:36 PM

    Washington, sounds like you are happy if it is true. How can the NFL move a team that has had one bad year? For 12 stright years, there were sellouts with decent or good teams.
    I don’t buy it. Plus, Tampa is in the Superbowl rotation. If, and I mean if, the NFL wanted to move the Bucs, they would have to relocate an existing franchise or give Tampa a new one.

  9. jbrock31 says: Oct 29, 2009 2:36 PM

    The bucs are not leaving tampa. The glazers may not be spending $$, but they are not losing $$ either. Check the profit of teams in the league and you will see the bucs are making plenty of money.

  10. Danny Z says: Oct 29, 2009 2:43 PM

    Florio, as a die-hard Redskins fan (yes, thank you in advanced for the condolences), is there any chance that you meant to say “Redskins” and not “Bucs”? It would be like Mardi Gras in DC if Snyder sold the Skins….

  11. stillworker says: Oct 29, 2009 4:16 PM

    W-G-A-F????

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