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Bucs to host 2019 game in either London or Mexico City

Tampa Bay will forfeit a home game as part of the team's agreement to host the Super Bowl in 2021.
The Bucs take the field before an NFL International Series game  against the New England Patriots in 2009 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. [Photo by Elsa/Getty Images]
The Bucs take the field before an NFL International Series game against the New England Patriots in 2009 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. [Photo by Elsa/Getty Images]
Published Dec. 12, 2018
Updated Dec. 12, 2018

TAMPA — The Bucs were among five NFL teams selected Wednesday to host a game as part of the league's international series in 2019.

Details will be announced next spring, but there will be four NFL games played next season in London and one in Mexico City.

The other home teams are the Chargers, Raiders, Jaguars and Rams.

As part of their bid to host the Super Bowl in 2021, the Bucs had to agree to forfeit a home game within five years of that announcement.

"I've been associated with games out of the country before," coach Dirk Koetter said. "When you get to them, I think the players do enjoy that week, when you actually get over there. The trips are long. Usually you're rewarded on the back end with your bye week. But once you're over there, it's football. It's new and it's different. I think for right now, we're trying to focus on Baltimore. We've got our hands full with Baltimore.

"That's something that's going to happen in the future and when the Bucs get to that point in the season next year, I'm sure it will be good."

The Bucs are 0-2 in London. They lost 35-7  to the Patriots at Wembley Stadium in 2009 as Josh Freeman made his NFL debut in relief.

Tampa Bay fell 24-18 to Lovie Smith and the Bears  in 2011. It was the first of 10 straight losses after a 4-2 start under Raheem Morris, who was fired at the end of the season.

The Glazer family, which owns the Bucs, are no strangers to international play. The Glazers also own the Manchester United Football Club.