— When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Bud Adams, they knew they were in for a long haul.
But with Adams’ ownership of the franchise and the fact that he’s known as the “Sarasaota Real-estate King,” the Tampa, Fla., sports team will never have to worry about the dreaded “Saratasota Tax.”
It’s been more than 50 years since Bud Adams’ father, Bill, and grandfather, Bud Adams Sr., bought the team from owner Jim Brown.
The franchise is now owned by the family of current owner Mark Cuban, but it has been rumored for a while that the team would move to a new stadium in South Florida.
When the team announced its plans to relocate in April, the owner of the Tampa-St. Petersburg International Airport told The Associated Press he was “not at liberty” to comment on the situation.
However, that hasn’t stopped the owners from talking about moving the team to South Florida, a move which is believed to be a big reason for the team’s decision to keep its home in Tampa.
“The reality is, this team has a great fan base in South Miami,” said owner Mark Davis.
“They’ve got a lot of people that have roots here, and we have to look at what’s best for our team and our fans.”
Bud Adams was born in Sarasotas in 1926, and grew up in Saratoga Springs.
He was a member of the football team and the lacrosse team.
His first job was working as a barber.
He earned a degree in mechanical engineering and a law degree from Syracuse University in 1957.
After graduation, he joined the Army and worked for a defense contractor, but never saw the field.
In 1968, Adams married his high school sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth (Hendricks), and moved to Florida.
A few years later, he started his own construction company, and in 1980, he purchased the team for $1.2 million.
After several seasons of rebuilding the franchise, Bud started building a new facility.
Bud bought the Tampa Municipal Airport in 1981 for $75 million and in 2002, the team moved to the Tropicana Field for the 2002 season.
The team began playing at the Trop in 2006.
After moving the Tampa Sports Authority to St. Petersburg in 2015, Bud was in negotiations with the city of South Florida to keep the team there.
After more than two decades of negotiations, the Tampa team finally moved to a downtown stadium in 2016.
With the team playing at a new, $50 million stadium in downtown Tampa, the future of the team is uncertain.
While the stadium was constructed with some of the best in the country in mind, the Rays had a difficult time getting a tenant.
The Rays will be in the market for a new tenant to take their place.
The new stadium will be a major part of the renovations to the Rays.
The current stadium was built for the World Series and has been a massive success, but there has been no one to replace Bud Adams and his family.
It is believed that Adams’ business empire will continue to grow with the new stadium.
“If the city wants to keep us here, I think they will be better served if they let us stay,” said Adams, who recently told ESPN that the stadium is one of the reasons he wants to stay in the city.
“I’ve been here for more than 25 years, and I’ve always had a lot more success than I’ve had anywhere else in the world.
I want to stay here, but if they want me to stay, then let’s do it.”
Bud’s wife, Mary, died in January and the family is looking to sell their business, according to the Tampa Tribune.
However and no one knows what the team plans to do with the property.
“This is a great deal for the city,” Davis told the Associated Press.
“We just need a partner in the deal.
It will be fantastic.
We are looking at it and we are going to do what we need to do to make it work.”