Buccaneers will refund fans for London game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ticket holders who have already paid for 10 games in 2011 will be receiving a refund.

Even though there is uncertainty whether or not the Bucs will actually play the Chicago Bears in London at Wembley Stadium Oct. 23, as scheduled, the organization will be sending out refunds.

The NFL has scheduled a regular season game in London for the fifth consecutive season, but the league announced that if there isn’t a resolution to the labor situation by Aug. 1, the game will be moved to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Season ticket holders who have already sent in their checks have obviously paid for 10 games – eight in the regular season and the two preseason games that come at full price.

According to Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times, fans who paid with a check or cash will receive a check. Fans who paid by credit card will have their card credited. Ticket plans on sale now are for nine games.

What happens if there’s no resolution by Aug. 1, we’ll have to wait and see.

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