MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: A protest against the owners of Manchester United, The Glazer family and their plans to sell off shares in the far east to pay off debts ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on August 28, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
The Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have come under fire frequently. They own two high-profile sports teams: Manchester United and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fans of both teams regularly accuse the Glazers of siphoning money from one team to the other, although neither group can agree on the exact flow of that money, while both groups want to see more money spent on their teams. 'Cheap' is a word that is commonly used to describe the Glazers.
But is that perception still fair, at least when it comes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Yes, the Buccaneers were at the bottom of the NFL in terms of payroll for several years on end. However, it was never clear whether this happened because the Glazers refused to spend, or because general manager Mark Dominik's long-term vision mandated a low payroll in early years as the team was built around draft picks.
More importantly, though, the Glazers haven't skimped on spending this year. They replaced their entire coaching staff, added a few people to the front office and, most visibly, spent a lot of money in free agency. The Bucs added two top-tier free agents to their team in Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks, and added another expensive player in the form of Eric Wright. The guaranteed money in those players' contracts alone amounts to $72.5 million, and that doesn't include the contracts handed out to a number of low profile free agents.
All in all, the Glazers have certainly spent this offseason. Does this change your view of ownership? Let us know in the comments and the poll.
How do you feel about the Glazers?
The perfect owners for the Buccaneers (71 votes)
They're okay, but they could be better (401 votes)
Meh. (175 votes)
They're pretty bad, but at least they're not Dan Snyder (105 votes)
Absolutely horrible (197 votes)
949 total votes