- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked the state in November for $12 million to help pay for improvements to Raymond James Stadium, the team’s application was lacking the pizazz of its competition.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/1PerZTE) reports the Miami Dolphins, Daytona International Speedway, and the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars submitted hundreds of pages for a state sports facility grant. The proposals had graphics, financial figures and promises of economic benefits to the community.

The Buccaneers submitted a signed page on the last day of the application period. The spare submission was supposed to be a placeholder. Team officials planned to add to the proposal but ultimately couldn’t as negotiations to renovate Raymond James lingered into December.

Monday, Florida officials said the team’s application wasn’t enough.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.

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