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The song said "it never rains in Southern California," but recent heavy downpours in Los Angeles have led the National Football League to switch the host city for the Super Bowl in 2021 from L.A. to Tampa.

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Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances and said Wednesday he's entering a treatment facility rather than appeal the ban.

Lawyers representing 142 retired NFL players filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL Monday in Fort Lauderdale.

They want the league to recognize CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as an occupational hazard that should be covered by workers compensation.

Tony Gaiter, 42, is the lead plaintiff in the suit.

He played for the University of Miami, before going on to play for the New England patriots and the San Diego Chargers.

USF Sport and Entertaintment Management MBA Program

Executives from the most financially successful U.S. sports league and one of the up-and-coming leagues will speak at the University of South Florida next week.

USF's Sport and Entertainment Management MBA Program will welcome Tod Leiweke, the Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League and Don Garber, Commissioner of Major League Soccer, to campus on Oct. 26.

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The NFL passed over Tampa again in awarding Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one.

Atlanta will host the game in 2019, followed by Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), it was announced Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.

Tampa was among the finalists for 2019 and 2020. The city has not hosted a Super Bowl since 2009. The city and the Buccaneers recently set aside $100 million to upgrade Raymond James Stadium.

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be the franchise’s newest head coach, the team announced Friday.

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Jameis Winston had a strong rookie season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tripled their victory total from the previous year. Still, it wasn't enough to save coach Lovie Smith's job.

Smith was fired Wednesday night after going 6-10 this season, 8-24 overall in two years running a team that has missed the playoffs eight consecutive years.

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It's a busy three-day weekend for the University of South Florida system as the school confers almost 4,200 degrees during the fall 2015 commencement ceremonies.

According to USF officials, the Tampa campus will award 2,467 bachelor’s, 920 master’s and 130 doctoral degrees during four ceremonies Friday and Saturday.

A doctor who will be portrayed by actor Will Smith in the upcoming movie, "Concussion," told a Tampa audience how his research into brain injuries has dramatically changed how professional football approaches players.

Researchers studying a degenerative disease in former athletes say 11 of 12 brains of deceased former NFL players tested over the past year showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, continuing a trend they've been tracking.

Continuing a string of surprises in this NFL offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly sign quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract to play quarterback. Tebow, 27, hasn't played in the NFL since 2012.

It would be the former Heisman winner's fourth stint with an NFL team. The New York Jets released Tebow in the spring of 2013; later that same year, he was cut by the New England Patriots. Tebow was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos back in 2010, after winning two BCS championships at Florida.

Many people struggle with their weight, and former athletes are no exception.

But athletes who gain weight once they retire are at a higher risk for serious medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. That's why four retired NFL players, including two from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, teamed up as part of a weight loss study by Tampa General Hospital and the USF Health Bariatric Center to tackle their obesity.

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Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two visiting NFL teams’ medical staffs, including that of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.

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It's a story that's been dominating media coverage -- top to bottom -- from mainstream media to social media and everything in between.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice had already been suspended for two games after a video surfaced of him hauling his unconscious then-fiancé Janay out of an Atlantic City elevator.

Now Rice has been suspended indefinitely after the rest of that video surfaced, showing the punch that knocked out Janay, who is now his wife.

Buccaneers Have a New Season Spirit

Sep 2, 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to let go of their losing ways with new uniforms, a new general manager and most importantly, a new head coach. Today the team president, Bryan Glazer, talked up Lovie Smith at a Chamber of Commerce event.

Bryan Glazer told fans that when he was looking for a new head coach it was very short list, in fact, it was only one. He said Lovie Smith is a winner, and they're excited for this upcoming season.

Making Sense of the Michael Sam Kiss

May 15, 2014
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A football player kisses his partner when he gets the news that he's been drafted by an NFL team.

What's the big deal?

Well, it was Michael Sam, becoming he first openly gay man to be drafted by the NFL. And he was kissing his boyfriend Vito Cammisano.

Twitter and other social media lit up after ESPN broadcast the moment -- over and over and over again.

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Jonathan Martin has had Jim Harbaugh's support all along, from his early college days at Stanford to the offensive tackle's tumultuous year in which he accused a Dolphins teammate of bullying, and even in a formal NFL investigation into the situation in Miami.

Now, Harbaugh is giving Martin a football fresh start. In a safe environment around former Stanford coaches who consider him a friend.

"Three starters on the Dolphins offensive line — Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey — engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer," according to a report released Friday.

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With three finalists among the 15 greats on the ballot, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a pretty good shot at having at least one new member named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.

And like he did so many times during his 14 year career, Derrick Brooks came through.

The 39-year-old former linebacker is the third Bucs player to be elected into the Hall, following the late Lee Roy Selmon and teammate Warren Sapp. Brooks was elected in his first year of eligibility, just as Sapp was a year ago.

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For most of the season, head coach Greg Schiano's future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been in question.

Now, while various media outlets report contradictory outlooks, there are reports that Schiano has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the Penn State University head coaching position.

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