The Tampa Bay Bandits are coming back after the USFL announced that the league is coming back in the spring of 2022. The Bandits will be one of eight teams that will take take in the inaugural season of the USFL.
The original USFL league ran from 1983-1985 and the Bandits were a member of the league. Burt Reynolds was a minority owner in the team and was a big part of the team’s marketing. People think the name “Bandits” is because of Reynolds’ Smokey and the Bandit movies, but the team was named after the owner’s granddaughter’s dog.
Steve Spurrier was the head coach of the Bandits and played an uptempo offense, which was known as “Bandit Ball”. They played their games at Tampa Stadium.
The eight USFL teams will be split into two divisions. The North Division will be: Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars and Pittsburgh Maulers. The South Division will be: Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers and Tampa Bay Bandits.
Each team will play a 10-game schedule and all of the games in the inaugural season will be played in one host city, which will be announced soon. The Bandits will play in Tampa in future seasons.
We are the Tampa Bay Bandits 🤠 pic.twitter.com/K3oR3dyfYj— Tampa Bay Bandits (@USFLBandits) November 22, 2021
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