The NFL and Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that their home game in London, United Kingdom will be played on October 23rd. The game will kickoff at 1:00 PM in Tampa Bay, and 6:00 PM in London. The game will be televised on Fox.
It has been the standard of the league for the teams playing international games to have their bye week the following Sunday after their international contest. If that trend holds true, Tampa Bay would have a bye week on October 30th. That is likely to be Week 8 of the regular season. In 2009 Tampa Bay played seven games before their bye week. The year the Bucs Week 7 loss to the New England Patriots was played in London.
"We are honored to be selected to participate in the NFL International Series for a second time," said Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer. "We are looking forward to promoting Tampa Bay's emerging young team on the world stage. We have the longest running fan club of any NFL team in the UK and look forward to seeing so many familiar faces from the Bucs UK fan club at the game."
If the NFL lockout is not resolved by August 1, the game will be moved to Tampa Bay.
"Our past four games in London have demonstrated the tremendous passion for NFL football that exists in the UK," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We hope by staging another extraordinary game at Wembley that we can continue to grow our existing fan base and attract even more new fans."
The Buccaneers released the following statement regarding season ticket refunds for the game: With the Buccaneers-Bears game scheduled for London, any Buccaneers season ticket account that has paid-in-full will be refunded for the amount paid toward that game. Depending on the original payment method, such refunds will come in the form of a check for accounts paid by check or cash, and in the form of a refund to the credit card that made the payment for credit card charges. Any accounts currently using payment plans will have remaining payments adjusted to reflect the cost of 9 games instead of 10.
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