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Will the Bucs play in London in 2019?

TAMPA — With the NFL increasing its slate of games in London to four next year, it appears that the Bucs would be on the list of teams likely to play there in 2019.

There have not yet been any discussions regarding the Bucs playing in London next year or beyond, but the team will definitely have to play a game internationally within the next few years.

Any team that hosts a Super Bowl — as Tampa Bay will in 2021 — must host one home game internationally. Tampa Bay was awarded the game last year, replacing Los Angeles because of delays on the building of the city’s new football stadium.

That doesn’t mean that the Bucs have to play in London next year, only over a five-year span that extends slightly beyond when they host the Super Bowl in 2021.

Also, next year’s Bucs schedule includes a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have hosted games in London for the past six years and are committed to returning for the next two seasons.

The Jaguars have played one home game in London every season since 2013, and Jags owner Shad Khan also owns English Premier League soccer team Fulham and recently made a since-withdrawn bid to purchase London’s Wembley Stadium, which has hosted 21 of the NFL’s 24 games in London. So any team that finds Jacksonville on its schedule should prepare for the potential of a game across the pond.

The Bucs have played in London twice before, losing to the Chicago Bears, 24-18, in 2011, and dropping a 35-7 decision to the New England Patriots. Both games were played at Wembley Stadium.

After completing this year’s three-game schedule of games in London, the NFL announced Tuesday that it will increase it’s London schedule to four games in 2019. Wembley Stadium will host two games, and the other two are scheduled to be played at the Tottenham Hotspur soccer club’s  still-under-construction stadium.

Any team that hosts a game in London receives an additional $1 million from the league on top of revenue lost from moving a home game.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at [email protected] Follow @EddieInTheYard

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