Orlando, Fla. was host to this year's annual owners meeting and Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer took a few minutes to speak to the media on several subjects including the recent troubles of wide receiver Mike Williams, season ticket sales, blackouts and more. Find out what Glazer had to say.
The Glazer family has never been one to search out on the spotlight or look to stand in front of the microphones. Joel, Bryan and Ed Glazer will never be confused with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones or the Redskins Daniel Snyder. But each year they do take a couple of opportunities to speak to the fans and media, like during the team’s night practice during training camp and at the annual owners meetings.
Standing before a number of local and some national media, Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer talked about a number of subjects, but the Mike Williams situation was the first one the media wanted his thoughts on.
“Obviously we are disappointed when anything like that happens to one of our players," Glazer said. "It is one of those things that is still ongoing, an ongoing investigation,” Glazer said. “We are still trying to gather information. But it is not something we like to be part of our organization. It distracts from our team and the positive things we are doing. So it something we are still monitoring and getting all the information and see where it all goes. Like I said, it is still ongoing investigation and something we are still trying to get more information. Then Lovie and Jason will evaluate the situation.”
Glazer went onto discuss what is expected from the Buccaneers players.
"As an organization, we have put a real emphasis on off-the-field activities, what we expect of our players,” Glazer said. “We expect nothing but the highest standards. We're going to stick to that. We want to be an organization the community is proud of. We have a lot of good players doing a lot of great things. What this does, what any bad news does, is overshadow all the great work, all the hard work of all the other players. We have 50-some-odd players doing great things. We'd rather that be the focus."
Glazer was next asked about the changes this offseason, from the new coaches, uniforms and players.
“It has been a lot of change. It has been exciting, refreshing and we have gotten a lot of positive feedback from our fans,” Glazer said. “They are excited, they are re-energized. I know in our building they are re-energized. With Lovie [Smith] and Jason [Licht], they have a good plan and we are excited to see it unfold.
“We are excited about the changes that have been made. I know that Jason and Lovie feel good about the players and the certain type of players they have brought in. And we were 4-12 last year. We can’t just sit still. This team needed to have some drastic changes and we want to get back in the upper echelon of the National Football League and this is the way we felt we had to go about it and so we support what they want to do.”
PewterReport.com asked Glazer to share his plans for any in stadium upgrades on the horizon and also about the problem the team has had selling out Raymond James Stadium over the last few years.
“On the stadium front there is more and more emphasis on the in-game experience,” Glazer said. “And the stadium experience is something we have constantly been looking at and working on some stuff. And our plan ultimately is to give the best game day experience we can. So that has always will be an emphasis and will be even more an emphasis in the years to come.
“On the blackout front, we were happy to do what we did last year with the blackouts and again the fans are excited and energized, so we will see where that all goes but our goal is to always have every game on television.”
Glazer then talked about the Bucs season ticket sales and what the organization expects this year.
“We are in our renewal process right now and sales have been going strong, compared to last year, but again generally when we talk to our fans, they are excited. They are as excited as I have seen them in years. They have great respect for what is going on with Lovie [Smith] and what Jason [Licht] is doing. They are just energized and that is a good thing to see and to feel. We are optimistic to what that translates to in energy in the stadium.”
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