The Buccaneers are heading back overseas You would think that being the Bucs’ most famous British fan, I would be delighted to see my favourite team potentially returning to these shores.  Of course I am but I also understand the frustration and annoyance that these International Series games cause to the real fans, the ones who live around Tampa and own season tickets to support their team in person eight times a year.   They are now losing 12.5% of their season, one-eighth of their home games being sent to a land far away in the search for the proverbial extra dollar. Wednesday’s announcement was for four games in London and one in Mexico City and that the five teams giving up home games would be the Buccaneers, Rams, Raiders, Jaguars and Chargers.   It would make sense for one of the two Los Angeles or the Oakland team to be the host for the “Trump Wall Game” in Mexico leaving the Bucs and Jaguars almost certain to be heading to London once more. The regular season International Series games began in 2007 when the Dolphins and Giants played a game at Wembley Stadium in London.   Single games followed over the forthcoming years with the Buccaneers travelling across the Pond in 2009 to lose to the Patriots and then again two years later to narrowly fall to the Bears.   For British Buccaneer fans, this was a dream come true to see their team play in their own backyard even if meant I had the two busiest weeks I have probably ever known arranging 300+ tickets for each game with the NFL and then running a multitude of events when the team was here. The London games have expanded to the point where there will be four again in 2019, two at Wembley Stadium and two at Tottenham’s new ground if it is ever finished.  I have long written that have so many games in the UK is unecessary and unfair to other European countries that support the NFL just as passionately.  The German fans embraced NFL Europe a lot more than the British ones ever did.     Some people may think it is a prelude to a franchise one day moving to the UK with the Glazer family owning Manchester United and Jacksonville’s Shad Khan owning Fulham.    There will never be an NFL franchise on this side of the Atlantic - it is simply a chance to make more money for the NFL and franchises involved. You can understand the decision of the Tampa Bay ownership behind this however.   They want the Super Bowl to come to the Bay area and giving up a home game at some point is a small price to pay.  Well actually, a lot of money to make from the move.   And with attendances at Raymond James Stadium not exactly being of the full capacity variety in recent years, then one less Sunday of thousands of empty seats is not much of a concern. But for the Tampa fans, this is another kick in the teeth.   Season and individual game tickets are not cheap and price increases over recent years have not been at the bottom of the NFL in that regard.   The performances on the field have been poor and every season, more and more fans decide enough is enough and give up their on-site support.    Throw in the ridiculous uniform changes, the off-field distractions and yet another potential coaching-front office rebuild and you can see why fan support for the Buccaneers is dropping like a stone. The real fan supports their team through thick and thin and as this current decade-long lack of success begins to rival that of the Buccaneer Bruce days of the 1980s/1990s, the die-hard remembers the excitement of winning under Tony Dungy that followed that first barren spell.   It is just with recent developments, that kind of future success seems a long way away and unfortunately for most Tampa Bay fans, the International Series news is just another blow to a fanbase that has taken way too many in recent years.