The Buccaneers are in somewhat of a precarious position with regard to their London date with the Bears. Earlier in the day the team announced that the date was official and that they would be representing the NFL as the home team in the now annual London Bowl. They also announced that they would be refunding the Chicago game to all season ticket holders.
Well, that’s part of the story at least. With the lock-out and the uncertainty of next year, there is one clause in the official NFL release about a scenario that would arise if NFL business had not resumed by August 1st.
“Should the current labor situation be unresolved by August 1, the game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Buccaneers season-ticket holders will receive detailed ticket information from the club in the near future regarding team ticketing policy for this game.’’
So the game is official, kind of. Hopefully there will be resolution reached in the next week or so while the two parties are undergoing mediation in Minneapolis (they meet again tomorrow). But chances are this thing does happen in London and Tampa gets one less home game.