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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finish the year ranked 24th overall; the ranking could have been lower if the staff had not earned high marks among respondents. The dietician, training staff and strength coaches all received solid grades from the players. 

Club owner Joel Glazer ranks 29th across the league when it comes to the question about a perceived willingness to invest in the facilities, and the reason for assessment is reflected in the data collected across categories. The players described the locker room as “unclean” and “smelly,” and they even cited seeing bugs consistently in the showers. Respondents also described the team sauna as “dirty,” “small” and “broken down.” Younger players must have roommates on work travel, unless they pay the team more than $1,750 for their own room each season. They do have a daycare room on gamedays, but charge players’ families $90 per child, which most other teams offer for free. 

Outdated facilities are one thing, but providing clean showers and workspaces, and not charging players to have their own hotel room on work trips should be basic standards for a multi-billion-dollar professional sports enterprise.

Breakdown of Key Categories


CategoryGradeRank out of 32
Treatment of FamiliesF28th
Locker RoomC-22nd
Training RoomB-15th
Training StaffB14th
Weight RoomB17th
Strength CoachesA-11th
Team TravelF32nd
Head CoachB-26th


Treatment of Families

  • They are one of 12 teams that do not provide a family room during games 
  • They provide daycare but charge $90 per child 
    • Most teams offer this service for free 
  • Several players want to see the Buccaneers provide a family room like the majority of other teams already offer

Food / Cafeteria

  • They rank 26th overall in food taste 
  • They rank 22nd overall in food freshness 

Nutritionist /Dietician

  • 88% of players feel like they get an individualized plan (10th overall)

Locker Room

  • 82% of players feel like the locker room is big enough (20th overall) 
  • 81% of players feel like they have enough room in their individual lockers (20th overall) 
  • The major issue brought up by players is a lack of cleanliness. The players say the locker room is not clean, constantly smelly and has a persistent bug issue in the showers. They also mention that the sauna is dirty and/or moldy, small and constantly breaking down. 
  • The players feel the locker room is old, outdated and needs to be renovated

Training Room

  • 91% of players feel they have enough full-time trainers (14th overall) 
  • 81% of players feel they have enough full-time physical therapists (21st overall) 
  • 85% of players feel they have enough hot tub space (17th overall) 
  • 88% of players feel they have enough cold tub space (18th overall)

Training Staff

  • 93% of players feel like they receive enough one-on-one treatment (6th overall) 
  • The players feel that the training staff moderately contributes to their success (20th overall)

Weight Room

  • The players feel that they have good quality equipment in their weight room (20th overall) 
  • The players feel they have an adequate amount of space in the weight room (15th overall)

Strength Coaches

  • 93% of players feel like they get an individualized plan (16th overall) 
  • The players feel that the strength coaches significantly contribute to their success (9th overall)

Team Travel

  • The players’ ratings of their travel schedule position it among the worst in the league (28th overall) 
  • 65% of the players feel like they have a comfortable amount of personal space during flights (27th overall)
  • Younger players have roommates, unless they pay the team approximately $1,750 for their own room each season 
  • The players must sit in the smaller seats in the back of the plane while the staff sit in the larger first-class seats

Head Coach

  • 90% of players feel that head coach Todd Bowles is efficient with their time (18th overall) 
  • The players feel that Todd Bowles is somewhat willing to listen to the locker room (25th overall)


  • Club owner Joel Glazer receives a rating of 6.1/10 from Buccaneer players when considering his willingness to invest in the facilities (29th overall)