BANDITS TRIVIA

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Lee Scarfone and Tony Cunningham purchased the Bandits from John Bassett for a reported $3 million.
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The sale of the team was closed on July 30, 1985, just weeks after the league's final game.
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To initially acquire rights to his franchise, John Bassett was required only to post a $1.5 million letter of credit, and agree to invest at least $6 million in his team over three years.
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In Week 5 of the 1983 season, the Chicago Blitz Luther Bradley intercepted six passes from Bandit quarterbacks - a pro football record.
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The Bandits 1983 media guide (pictured at right) featured a picture of actor and team part-owner Burt Reynolds.
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Had the Bandits beaten the Birmingham Stallions in the final game of their 1983 season, they would have qualified for the USFL playoffs.  Instead, the Chicago Blitz earned the league's only wild-card berth.
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The 35 wins posted by the Bandits over the team's three year history was the second most among USFL teams, eclipsed only by the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars.
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Team founder John Bassett died of cancer on May 14, 1986 at the age of 47.
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A number of the members of Football Partners, Ltd., the group that brought the Bandits to Tampa, were affiliated with ESM Securities, which went bankrupt amid the 1985 scandal which wiped out Birmingham Stallions owner Marvin Warner. 
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The Bandits were one of more than a half-dozen teams in the USFL to utilize silver among its team colors.
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A general partner of the Bandits until committing suicide in July 1985, Stephen Arky originally wanted to acquire a USFL franchise for Miami.  He would pool his resources with those of John Bassett to build the Bandits.
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