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Talent, ticket sales have Bucs' Bryan Glazer optimistic



Bryan Glazer is excited. He sees some familiar things in his football team, and he believes he has reason for the optimism.

The Bucs co-chairman remembers fondly the qualities he saw in his team early in his family’s ownership of the team, in the late 1990s. And there are many parallels in today’s club, Glazer said.

“You feel it when you’re in the locker room and you look around at the players that we have today,” Glazer said. “We have a tremendous core of young players and it’s exciting to me to see this.

“We have an offense that can keep up with anybody in the league. That has not been seen before in Tampa in a long time. Also, there are players on defense at brand-new positions, we’ve added new players. The football team is only heading in the right direction.”

Glazer spoke to reporters in a rare interview at tonight’s open practice at Raymond James Stadium, one that has drawn a good number of fans.

Glazer said those same fans have been responding positively at the ticket booth, with sales on the rise for a team that has seen a majority of its home games blacked out on local television for the past three seasons. Glazer said fans should enjoy more televised games this year after just two were televised last season.

“I think you see it throughout the whole community,” he said. “You see people are very excited about the team. They see the offseason moves that we made and it is reflecting in some of the (improvement) the ticket sales we’re doing. We have a ways to go but it’s been improving.”

He added: “I think that we’re seeing a lot of traction. The team is doing a lot better. The community is very enthusiastic. The economy is getting better. So, everything is coming together at the right time.

[Last modified: Saturday, July 27, 2013 7:07pm]


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