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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Reaction to Tampa Bay's failed SB bid

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

We’ve got some reaction to Tampa Bay’s failed bid for the 2015 Super Bowl that went to Glendale, Ariz. earlier Tuesday.

Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn each have issued statements.

“Our bid team deserves tremendous credit for putting together Tampa Bay’s best foot forward,’’ Glazer said. “The best news is that Tampa Bay is very well regarded by the league as a destination and we are already looking forward to bidding the next open Super Bowl.’’

"While I am disappointed that Tampa was not selected, I am proud of the effort that our team put together,’’ Buckhorn said. “It took two rounds of votes to declare the winner, so I know our bid package was more than competitive.  I specifically would like to thank the Glazer family who was advocating owner by owner on our behalf.  In addition, the leadership of Paul Catoe and the entire staff of Tampa Bay & Company was superb.  We have a long relationship with the NFL, which we treasure, and I look forward to competing for the next available opportunity to host another Super Bowl."

Presumably, the next opportunity is the 2016 game and the site of that likely will be decided in 2012.