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  • BUCS WANT SMOOTH SALE -- PROSPECTIVE BUYERS JUMP ON BOARD

         Steve Story, spokesperson for the trust overseeing the
    estate of late Bucs Owner Hugh Culverhouse, said he will begin
    meeting this week with groups interested in buying the team.
    Story would like to "set up face-to-face interviews with all the
    potential suitors as soon as possible, partially to weed out the
    contenders from the pretenders."  The list includes:  Orioles
    Owner Peter Angelos, former U.S. Senator Tom Eagleton, MO
    businessman Stan Kroenke, Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, Palm
    Beach industrialist Malcolm Glazer, and Gino Pala of Dixon
    Ticonderoga.  Story said he has also spoken with Outback
    Steakhouse CEO Chris Sullivan, and fellow Tampa businessmen Tommy
    Shannon and Marty Jacobson about their interest (Nick Pugliese,
    TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/14).  Story noted that people in Tampa "might
    be alarmed" about relocation, but he said "we have no choice but
    to talk to everybody" (Nick Pugliese, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/14).
         NEED A TEAM, ANY TEAM:  Sources close to the Bucs have said
    that Angelos has reopened talks and is said to be offering $200M.
    Angelos acknowledged his interest,  but declined to discuss
    specifics (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 11/12).  Angelos met with
    Rams President John Shaw over the weekend.  He said Baltimore
    remains in the running for that franchise adding that Rams'
    negotiations with St. Louis are "not a done deal"  (Jon Morgan,
    Baltimore SUN, 11/14).  Tom Eagleton, whose St. Louis group,
    FANS, Inc., is the leading contender for the Rams, said of the
    Bucs sale:  "It does change the environment a bit.  You have an
    NFL team on the market.  We're not particular.  We'll take the
    Dallas Cowboys if they are ready to come here" (AP/Mult., 11/12).
         NORTH-OF-THE-BORDER INTEREST:  Labatt Communications
    President of Development Richard Peddie indicated that the
    Canadian brewery may also be interested in purchasing the Bucs.
    Peddie said that he is "monitoring" the Bucs situation and if
    more information is disclosed he will "look at it."  Peddie
    emphasized that Labatt remains "committed" to its CFL franchise,
    the Argos:  "In a perfect world, we'd like to have both (the
    Argos and an NFL team) and that's doable" (Gary Picknell, TORONTO
    SUN, 11/11).  Labatt also the Blue Jays and a controlling
    interest in the SkyDome.
    

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  • ORIOLES RAISE TICKET PRICES FOR NEXT YEAR

         Orioles Owner Peter Angelos announced major ticket-price
    increases for next year that will add $1 to $5 to the price of
    more than 85% of the seats at Camden Yards.   Angelos said he
    expects the move to be "unpopular" among ticket buyers, but said
    an increase was justified to recoup $15 million in strike-related
    losses: "We simply had no other way to go.  Obviously, the
    financial viability of the club must be maintained for the
    purpose of giving Orioles fans a No. 1 baseball club."  The
    Orioles joined the Rockies and the Yankees as the only teams to
    raise ticket prices for next season (Mark Hyman, Baltimore SUN,
    11/13).  Orioles officials said they believe the team was on
    course to turn an operating profit of $12M in an uninterrupted
    '94 season, but instead will suffer an operating loss of
    approximately $3M (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 11/12).  The
    Orioles announced their plans in full-page ads in the WASHINGTON
    POST and the Baltimore SUN.  The ad compared the O's ticket
    prices to those of the Redskins, Capitals, Bullets and
    Baltimore's CFL franchise.
    

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  • PANTHERS SEASON-TICKETS SALES START THIS WEEK

         The Panthers begin accepting applications for their 1995
    season-tickets today.  Applications are available at NationsBank,
    First Union, Wachovia, and First Citizen bank branches
    "throughout the Carolinas."  The team will hold a random drawing
    for all applications received before December 1, and fans can
    reserve tickets with a $25 deposit.  This is the first chance for
    non permanent seat license holders to purchase Panther tickets
    (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/12).
    

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