Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose out with new NFL international initiative

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Playing a home game in Munich isn’t as great for the Buccaneers as it may seem.

As the NFL tries to expand its revenue sources in the international markets, the Buccaneers have officially been confirmed as having a game in Munich, Germany days after the initial reports began to surface.

If these same reports are to be trusted, the Bucs look like they will be the home team in Munich against the Kansas City Chiefs.


Not only are the Buccaneers going to have a tough game ahead against one of the best overall teams in the league, this game also steals a home game from the Bucs.

During a tough season where every game will matter in the race to making the playoffs, losing a home game and the advantages that come with it to further line the pockets of the NFL is not something Bucs fans should be excited about.

Sure, it’s a neat idea for international Bucs fans to get the chance to see their team in person, but why should this decision come at the expense of a team that that already only had eight home games in 2021?

This means that the Bucs will only play eight games in front of a home crowd and with the advantages associated with that for three years in a row; something the NFL needs to acknowledge and fix if the goal is for this to only happen every other year.

Instead, this is seen as a glowing opportunity by the NFL, who clearly couldn’t wait for the team to stop being relevant again, but this actively hurts the Buccaneers both in the short and the long term.

It may only be one game, but this is larger than that. The NFL as a body has to be much better in terms of fairness to teams throughout the league, and a decision like this does the opposite of showing that fairness.

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