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Bucs players locked out and ripped off (the stadium’s walls, that is)

Posted Mar 15, 2011 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 15, 2011 at 11:11 AM

The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA – Here in Tampa, NFL Players haven’t just been locked out of their team’s training facilities. They’ve also been yanked off their team’s stadium walls.

Over the weekend, the eight larger-than-life images of Bucs players that adorned the outside corner walls of Raymond James Stadium were all taken down.

The change came in the wake of the league’s decision to lock the players out of their team’s facilities but there’s a little more to the decision than that.

Bucs spokesman Jonathan Grella said “all signs pointed to now being the time’’ to take the banners down, suggesting other factors are at work here.

One such factor is the expiration of the team’s Unite and Conquer ticket sales campaign, which the banners were tied to and helped promote.

New banners will likely go up at some point, but it will probably take more than a new marketing campaign for those banners to carry Bucs player’s images.

For that to happen the league will probably have to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement with its players first.

That could be months away, of course, so don’t look for any new images of Josh Freeman, Mike Williams and Gerald McCoy to be adorning RJS anytime soon.

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