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Report: Tampa Bay Bandits Moving To Memphis To Be Showboats, New USFL Hub City?

In a surprise move for the USFL, the Tampa Bay Bandits appear to be moving to Memphis to become the Showboats.

Sources tell reporter Tony Catalina that the move will happen for the upcoming 2023 USFL season, as the Bandits will no longer be in Tampa Bay.

Head coach Toddy Haley has led the Tampa Bay Bandits as the team went 4-6 on the season and missed the playoffs finishing third in the South division. Their quarterback Jordan Ta’amu led the league in passing yards (2,014) and passing touchdowns (14). Ta’amu also led the team in rushing yards with 365 yards putting him ninth in the league in that category.

Memphis was previously a franchise in the first version of the USFL, as they played in the 1984 and 1985 seasons. They finished with a losing record in their first season at 7-11 but made the playoffs in their second season by going 11-7 before losing in the semifinals against the Oakland Invaders.

The most prominent player to play for them was Reggie White, who was drafted by the team and went on to be considered one of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history with the Eagles, Packers, and Panthers.

The Fox Sports website and official USFL website still have the Tampa Bay Bandits as one of the eight teams in the league. There’s no word on when it will become official or if all the players on the Bandits team will be transferred over to the Showboats team. The league filed for the Memphis Showboats trademark on November 1st to use for the USFL.

Image as part of the trademark filing

Many will find the move interesting as the USFL teams were not playing in their home cities for the 2022 season. There has been speculation about if they would do multiple hub cities for the 2023 season or have all teams play in their cities. This certainly points the signs toward Memphis potentially being a hub city or a single location for a team. The city is 3 and a half hours from Birmingham.

More news should be coming out soon regarding what locations the league will be playing in. Now fans will have to prepare for the idea that Memphis will be hosting USFL games next year. Birmingham’s excitement for their team should match the citizens of Memphis as it would be their first professional football team since 2019, when the Memphis Express of the AAF played.

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Credentialed Reporter/Writer for XFL NewsHub, Writer for CFL NewsHub, Reporter/Writer for USFL NewsHub.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. 4th&long

    November 6, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    How legit is this report? Is someone just jumping the gun and assuming because they saw the trademark filing Nov 1st?

    Also is this part of a bigger story? There was talk of “major news” coming for a week or so.

  2. JERRY Sanchez

    November 6, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    USFL will be adding/moving a team to Austin to be called the Outlaws from the original USFL Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws, 1984/85. USFL will continue to grow slowly and be at 12 teams by 2025 and 18 teams in year 2030. XFL will spend too much money too quickly and will be challenged to succeed. USFL business model is set for long term growth w minimal cost. XFL is spending alot of money.

  3. Gregory Crawford

    November 9, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    I like the slow methodical approach the USFL is taking in rebuilding the league. If indeed A second hub is established in Memphis it would be great for the league, as the 2 hubs will be very close to each other.
    Also they should consider putting teams in San Diego, Oakland, OKC, and Columbus Ohio. They should avoid cities that have NFL teams,
    the exception of course would be the mega cities of NYC,LA CHICAGO and PHILADELPHIA. But, so far as a Birmingham Stallions fan I’m happy with the way things are going so far.

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