Idea of overseas games intrigues Allen

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen told reporters on Tuesday that he was "excited" by the possibility of the Bucs playing an overseas regular season game in 2008. Read more inside.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen said Tuesday that the prospect of playing a regular-season game overseas would be "exciting," echoing the comments of head coach Jon Gruden on Monday.

The Buccaneers are one of four teams that are being considered to play in the game, including the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks.

An announcement on the game's participants will come at the Super Bowl next week.

The Bucs, to some, are an intriguing choice, given that the Glazer family — which owns the Bucs — also owns the world's most popular soccer franchise, Manchester United.

"It'd be exciting for the city (of Tampa) and our team," Allen said. "I know they're considering other teams. But Manchester United, as far as sports franchises go around the world, it doesn't get any better. Our association as a little sister or whatever you want to call it is quite exciting."

Allen said the NFL has given them no other information regarding the game, though it is clear that one of the participants will have to give up a home game. Plus, the Bucs will have little choice if selected, as the NFL mandates that every team play in the game.

Allen also said he had no idea if the NFL was leaning toward the Bucs.

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.

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