Mark Dominik Says Bucs Not Moving To LondonOctober 21st, 2011
In between watching the Bucs practice and trying to avoid British cooking, Mark Dominik has been a busy guy. He had a full one-hour call-in show last night as part of Total Access heard on the Bucs radio network and broadcast on WDAE-AM 620.
But in his limited downtime, the rock star general manager has seen Internet reports from some colonists — NOT Joe — who tried to connect dots that did not exist speculating Team Glazer was going to uproot the Bucs and move the team to jolly old England.
As the Brits would say, Dominik called rubbish on the rumors, so reports Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
“This team is never going to relocate from Tampa and go to London,” Dominik said during a team workout at the Pennyhill Park resort. “We’re the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I know there’s been some rumblings on ProFootballTalk and anywhere else saying we may relocate, but we’re very happy to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and we will be going forward.”
As Joe mentioned in the comments section yesterday, people trying to claim the Bucs are moving to London are ignoring some very obvious facts. One is the Bucs have an absolute sweetheart of a lease at The CITS, which unlikely would be matched by moving the team to London or elsewhere. Second would be the millions of dollars Team Glazer invested to acquire land at the height of the real estate boom and then develop the land to build One Buc Palace, what once was a shopping mall.
And Joe’s going to stick up for the great Mike Florio, the creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com. He was hardly the only person suggesting the London Buccaneers were not a mirage.
As Cummings pointed out in his article, however, is that Dominik was less forward in denying the Bucs may be playing an annual “home game” in London.