But tougher challenges await as the deal needs approval from the Hillsborough Co. commission & Tampa city council on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Sticking points, as previously reported on this blog, could be the team's refusal to extend its lease, additional preseason "home" games they'll be able to play in other cities, and $3 million in extra money the Bucs got the county to throw in to make their new giant scoreboards even giant-er.
The good news for taxpayers is that the county stands to gain a little money on those non-NFL events the Bucs currently keep the majority of profits from, as the revenue splits will shift a little bit in the taxpayers' favor:
The TSA estimate is nearly identical to the $149,000 estimate published on this site but quite a bit off of Commissioner Hagan's rosy $250,000 estimate repeated to several news outlets.TSA CEO Eric Hart says new agreement likely to net taxpayers $153,000 annually in revenue from concerts, other non-Bucs eventss.— Steve Contorno (@scontorno) December 15, 2015
Hagan, the deal's biggest proponent on both the TSA board and the Hillsborough County commission, also said the public will make money because they typically lose money on the tens of thousands of fans who attend preseason games (!?!). Read about the contradictions in that statement here.
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