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Monday, December 1, 2008
Patriots to play in London in 2009


Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

In a very logical move, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the New England Patriots in next year's International Series game in London.

It's logical because the Patriots are as high-profile as it gets. It's even more logical because the Bucs have ties to England. The Glazer family, which owns the Bucs, also owns the Manchester United soccer team.

When I was in London for this year's game between the Saints and Chargers, there was a lot of talk that the Bucs would be next in line for this game because of the growing popularity of the Glazer family in England. When they first bought Manchester United, the move was very unpopular and the Glazers were viewed as outsiders.

But that's changed because the Glazers have run Manchester United very well and made no dramatic changes. The move will be popular with Glazer fans in England, but it comes with a downside at home.

This will be a Tampa Bay home game, meaning the Bucs will only have seven games in Raymond James Stadium next year. The game with New England will be played Oct. 25, 2009 at Wembley Stadium.