Rick Nafe. (Courtesy Rick Nafe) Hard-Learned Lesson: Always Count the Cars Jim McVay’s relationship with Rick Nafe goes back 37 years to the United States Football League’s Tampa Bay Bandits. McVay, now president and CEO of the Outback Bowl college football game, was the team’s marketing director and Nafe ran old Tampa Stadium, the Bandits’ home for three seasons before the league folded in 1986. USFL teams did everything they could to draw fans, and the Bandits were no exception. Their ownership group included movie producer John Bassett and actor Burt Reynolds, and Steve Spurrier, no stranger to self-promotion, was the head coach. “John Bassett was always coming up with crazy ideas, which would put Rick in a tricky position trying to represent the stadium with liability issues and all that stuff,” McVay said.  Most of the time, those crazy ideas worked, along with Spurrier’s pass-happy brand of “Bandit Ball.” […]
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