Bucs notes: Chief of marketing resigns [Tampa Tribune, Fla.]
(Tampa Tribune (FL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 10--TAMPA -- Jason Dial, the chief marketing officer of the Buccaneers, resigned his post, team officials said Tuesday.
Dial informed his staff of the decision to leave and take another job on Monday but citing a confidentiality agreement, he has not told staff members or some team officials of his plans.
"We are grateful to Jason for his hard work here over the past couple of seasons and we wish him well in this new career opportunity," Bucs chief operating officer Brian Ford said in a statement. "Jason was a big part of us maximizing the excitement the community feels towards our team this season."
Dial could not be reached for comment.
Dial came to the Bucs in August 2011 after spending the previous two years running his own sports marketing and branding firm. Prior to joining the team, he spent nearly 13 years working for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati as its head of global sports marketing.
Bucs get exemption to evaluate Demps
Commissioner Roger Goodell granted the Bucs a roster exemption for RB Jeff Demps, but that roster exemption will expire before the month is out.
The Bucs have until Sept. 23 to make a decision on Demps, the Olympic sprinter who came to the team in a trade in April and missed all of training camp and the preseason while participating in the IAAF World Championships.
Demps, who was part of the United States' 2012 Olympic silver-medal winning 4x100-meter relay team, has been on the Reserve/Did Not Report list since training camp.
After taking a two-week break following the end of the track season, Demps reported to the Bucs on Monday and it appears the team might have plans for him as either a running back or return man.
"There is no immediate plan like, 'OK, Sunday you'll see him doing this,' " Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "The guy hasn't played football in a while, so we'll try to get him back into playing football and get him educated in the Buccaneer way.
"Then as we roll into it, if there's promise there, we'll move forward. And if he's feeling good, then we'll keep moving forward. It's a two-way street. He'll walk into the NFL probably as one of the fastest players in the league, so that's always nice to have on your team."
Treasure Island becomes 'Revis Island'
Going up against Darrelle Revis is no day at the beach for quarterbacks, unlike a ceremony for the Bucs and their fans Thursday in Treasure Island.
Mayor Bob Mining has proclaimed the Pinellas County beach town will officially change its name to "Revis Island, Florida," a reference to the moniker Revis picked up as perhaps the best cornerback in the NFL in recent years. He was traded to the Bucs this offseason from the New York Jets.
In a statement, Mining joked that Treasure Island beachgoers normally have to wear sunscreen, but on Revis Island, "You don't need any sunscreen because ... you're always covered."
Thursday's special ceremony honors the Bucs in advance of Sunday's home opener.
The public is invited to attend the event, which begins at 2 p.m. at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Scheduled to attend are Bucs mascot Captain Fear, the team's cheerleaders and other team representatives.
The Bucs waived DT Chris Jones and re-signed FB Spencer Larsen, who was with the team during the preseason before being waived Aug. 26.
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