Dominik: Bucs will never relocate to London
Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik knows that his team gets rumored as a potential candidate to relocate to London, should the NFL ever approve of such a wild move.
So he wants to clear one thing up: Dominik says the Bucs aren’t going anywhere.
“This team is never going to relocate from Tampa and go to London,’' Dominik said Friday via the Tampa Tribune. “We’re the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I know there’s been some rumblings on ProFootballTalk and anywhere else saying we may relocate, but we’re very happy to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and we will be going forward.’'
Dominik’s comments are a reminder that no team is heading to London anytime soon. 49ers owner John York believes there will eventually be a team in London, but we are a long way off from that even being a realistic discussion.
Albert Breer of NFL.com noted on Thursday’s PFT Live that the London series of game at this stage feels like a modest success, but the NFL wants to take the next step towards developing avid fans overseas. There are a lot of steps left before any team could relocate, and that would seemingly take a decade or more at the very least.
Dominik did not deny the notion that the Bucs could play an annual game in London, but also said the notion has never been discussed with him.
On a side note, we’d like to send our hearty thanks to Mark for the PFT namedrop. Perhaps it will help us grow our overseas business enough to set up our own London outpost of the site in the coming years.