USF To Consider New Deal For RJS
TAMPA - If the University of South Florida wants preferential scheduling at Raymond James Stadium, the Bulls might have to commit to a long-term agreement with the Tampa Sports Authority. The initial term sheet from TSA to USF seeks a 15-year extension, through 2026, and eliminates USF's option to terminate the contract with a two-year notice if the school wants to build an on-campus stadium. The current deal, which includes a termination option, is through 2011. "We're certainly considering that as an option," USF athletic director Doug Woolard said. TSA executive director Henry Saavedra was not available for comment.The proposal gives USF the preferential right to schedule football games at the stadium each Thursday, Friday and Saturday during September, October, November and the first week of December. The school could veto any non-Buccaneers event at the stadium on those dates, including the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game, but could not leave for an on-campus stadium before 2026. The initial term sheet likely is the first of several proposals between TSA and USF.