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Bucs, Raymond James reach 12-year extention on naming rights agreement

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For years to come, it will be the RayJay. Raymond James Financial and the Tampa Bay Bucs have announcd that the naming agreement between the two has been extended through the 2027 season. What does that mean to football fans around here? Not much, except that the stadium may be spared the Joe Robbie-Pro Player-Landshark-Sun Life naming battles that some stadiums endure. The legendary stadiums, of course, have a single name. Wrigley Field. Yankee Stadium. Soldier Field. Lambeau Stadium. But…

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Tampa Bay’s sports owners talk about challenges of keeping fans

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Jeff Vinik was talking about even ice. He was saying how good it was that a team like the Tampa Bay Lightning can compete with a team like the Toronto Maple Leafs even though the revenues are so far apart. He was talking about a salary cap. He was talking about how 60 percent of hockey games are within one goal in the third period. And Stu Sternberg, the owner without a cap, was starting to breath heavily. Sternberg, the…

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Bucs hope Dirk Koetter can lead a franchise turnaround

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Now that the Tampa Bay Bucs have their football coach established, it’s time for the rest of the organization to step up, too. The Bucs announced Friday morning that Dirk Koetter is their new football coach, replacing the fired Lovie Smith. Koetter is the team’s fifth coach in eight seasons. For Koetter to succeed, however, it will talk effort from a lot of people outside his office, too. Who are going to be his coordinators? Can he draft a defensive…

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Tampa Bay Bucs change the tone again by hiring Dirk Koetter as their head coach

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Around the offices of the Bucs, it is a brand-new verb. Ask a silly question, and you might as well brace for the blunt answer. It may come without diplomacy, without niceties. And just like that, you have been “Koettered.” As of Friday, it is the sound of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Jason Licht, the general manager, was talking about one such instance where he bounced an idea off of Dirk Koetter, and Koetter dismissed him. Yep, “Koettered.” And now,…

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Bucs make Lavonte David a rich man with new contract

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The Tampa Bay Bucs are richer than they are accomplished. The Bucs added one more big contract to their payroll Sunday afternoon when outside linebacker Lavonte David signed a five-year extension with the team. The NFL network says the deal is worth $50.25 million with $25.56 guaranteed. David has been a standout since the team drafted him second in the 2012 draft, and he and tackle Gerald McCoy give the team a foundation in the years to come.  Lovie Smith,…

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Bucs’ owner Bryan Glazer predicts growing year for team

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There is building going on, Bryan Glazer says. On the Tampa Bay Bucs, and around them. But, as one of the team owners, he sees that now the right pieces are in place. Glazer expects the Bucs, who have struggled lately, to have “a growing” year as a football team. He also says that plans for an indoor facility are close, and that team and the Tampa Sports Authority are “working smoothly” on stadium improvements. In other words, he is…

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Forbes: Value of Tampa Bay Buccaneers sinking

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A blog on Forbes.com reports that the value of the Buccaneers has sunk below $1 billion again: The season ticket waiting has essentially evaporated. Buc fans are angry at the lack of money being spent on players. Some blame Glazer’s highly leveraged purchase of Manchester United. It does not matter if that is true. What matters is that is what fans think is true. The Glazer family needs to plug this hole before it takes the Bucs down.

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