Tampa Bay Buccaneers News

Tampa Bay Buccaneers news page give you update information about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a American Professional Football team based in Tampa, Florida.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers  joined the NFL in 1976 as expansion team along with the Seattle Seahawks.

They are in the South Division the "Dirty South" of the National Football Conference in the NFL.

The Buccaneers play their home games at the Raymond James Stadium aka "Ray Jay" or "The New Sombrero" in Tampa, Florida.

Their headquarters and practice facilities is located at One Buccaneers Place in Tampa, Florida. The practice facility is the state-of-the-art complex (145,000-square-foot facility on 33 acres which is the largest in the NFL.


History

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were founded in 1976 as an expansion team of the NFL, an agreement between the AFL/NFL merger of the 1970.

The agreement was finalized after the 1973 season and it was announced that Tampa would be the first city to receive an expansion franchise at a cost of 16 million.

The franchise was awarded to Tom McCloskey, a owner of construction company from Philadelphia. McCloskey was dissatisfied with the financial agreement with the NFL, and backed out of the deal a month later.

Hugh Culverhouse, a wealthy tax attorney from Jacksonville, Florida who had a failed attempt to purchase the Los Angeles Rams. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers news are the only 2 NFL teams to switch conferences and division twice in the post-merger era. In 1976, team began playing in the AFC West but switched conferences with the Seahawks after one season and joined the NFC Central.

This realignment was part of the leagues 1976 expansion plan, so that both expansion teams could play each other twice and every other NFL team once and (the teams in their conference at that time) during their first two seasons.


Team Name, Colors and Logo

The city name "Tampa Bay" is used to describe a metropolitan areas which consist these cities around the body of water known as Tampa Bay. These Cities include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, and Sarasota.  

Tampa Bay is the names of professional sports franchises, such as the Buccaneers, Rowdies, Rays, Lightning and Storm, they represent the entire region, not just Tampa.

A naming contest was held to pick a nickname and the "Buccaneers" was chosen in reference to the pirate legends of Southwest Florida.

Their uniforms and "Bucco Bruce" winking pirate logo were designed by Tampa Tribune artist Lamar Sparkman, with colors from the state's four major college teams: orange from the universities of Miami and Florida, and red from Florida State and the University of Tampa.

They were one of the few teams to wear white home uniforms, forcing opponents to wear their dark uniforms in Tampa's 90° fall heat.


Contribution to the NFL

Head Coach Tony Dungy and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin created the "Tampa 2" defense, a modified version of the Cover 2 defensive scheme.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise have accomplished:

  • 1 Super Bowl
  • 1 NFL Conference Championship
  • 6 Divisional Championships


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