The Bears were selected as one of the representatives to play in the fifth annual regular season NFL game in London. Despite the franchise’s rich history and strong support around the world, one has to wonder whether the crowd will be pro-Bears or not considering their opponent.
The Bears will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overseas and there could be a cross-sports promotion. Malcolm Glazer, who owns the Buccaneers, also controls Manchester United, a soccer powerhouse and one of the most globally-recognized sports franchises in the world. The soccer club, based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, resides about 200 miles from London. Whether there is any carryover effect from one sport to the other will be interesting to see.
The most important fact to consider is that it will be a Buccaneers home game according to the schedule, so the Bears will not lose a game from Soldier Field.