How did the Tampa Bay Mutiny get their name?

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I worked on some of the early local advertising for the club back in 1996. Here's what we were told:

The name and logo were chosen by a design team at Nike that created all of the original MLS team logos and uniform systems. People (including us at the ad agency) initially assumed that it followed the same the pirate lineage as the city's NFL franchise, the Buccaneers. Since the logo didn't look at all "pirate-y" we pressed for clarification, as did others. I remember the eye-rolling throughout the agency when it was announced by Nike that the name was futuristic and referred to "a group of mutant beings" -presumably like the figure on the team's crest. When further pressed as to how this creature could play soccer, the design team at Nike, in one of the most contrived responses of all time, stated that as a mutant he controlled the ball with his mind.

Too bad he couldn't control the minds of the fans, who despite the team's early success, never fully warmed up to "the bat" as we used to call him, or the franchise for that matter.
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Where did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get there name from?

Well, since the early 1900's every year Tampa, FL is invaded by pirates AKA Gasparilla. So it only made sense to name our team the buccaneers. In case you didnt already know a
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Why were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named that?

Pirates are a very large part of Tampa's history and culture. Tampais said to have been founded by the pirate, Jose Gaspar. A pirateship sits in the bay off of Bayshore Blvd,