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Bucs plan to pay county for any lost stadium revenue

Sally Jenkins wrote in the Washington Post this week that taxpayers should sue the NFL if games are missed in 2011 because of all the public money used in building stadiums.

That won’t be necessary in Tampa.

The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Buccaneers have agreed to help replace lost stadium revenue if the NFL cancels its season.

Hillsborough County commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with the team that the Bucs will provide an interest-free amount equal to what money would be lost on ticket surcharges at Raymond James Stadium.

It’s an appropriate gesture from the Bucs that we could see repeated elsewhere.  The proposal goes before the Tampa City Council Thursday.

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5 Responses to “Bucs plan to pay county for any lost stadium revenue”
  1. 3octaveFart says: Mar 17, 2011 12:36 PM

    “the Bucs will provide an interest-free amount equal to what money would be lost on ticket surcharges at Raymond James Stadium.”

    Right. This is coming from the same guys that say they have no money.

  2. brasho says: Mar 17, 2011 1:32 PM

    Them volunteering to pay back money doesn’t at all sound like the Bucs everybody paints them out to be… cheap, money hoarding, etc.

    Perhaps the Bucs are just being finally run the right way, by investing only in assets that are deemed worthy of being invested in (young players) and they have found that paying ridiculous sums of money to long in the tooth and short on production veterans is not the way to go.

  3. steelersmichele says: Mar 17, 2011 1:52 PM

    The article is pretty interesting, but I can see the league comparing the stadiums to the PSLs (can’t take the seats home with you even though your paid to own them).

    Although the main point I took away from the article is that if the league wants the fans on their side, they should stop Jerry Jones from talking to the press.

  4. Kave Krew says: Mar 17, 2011 2:15 PM

    Absolutely sue the teams for lost revenue……..

    A $9 billion dollar industry that’s growing like mad, with a bunch a selfish spoiled babies squabbling over tons of money should have to pay their share in the event of no games.

    They have no problem using the public for their money so they can grow into a $9 billion industry that is growing like mad……even teams like the Patriots, who may have used private money to build the actual stadium – but used public money for infrastructure and other needs that grew their business.

    Pay Up Suckas………

  5. commandercornpone says: Mar 17, 2011 7:23 PM

    here ya go, duh, share in the expenses

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