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BUCS WANT SMOOTH SALE -- PROSPECTIVE BUYERS JUMP ON BOARD
Published November 14, 1994
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.