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NEW NAME EMERGES AS "SERIOUS" CANDIDATE FOR BUCS
Published November 17, 1994
Representatives of George Lindemann, 58, the principal owner of Southern Union Co., a natural gas utility in Austin, TX, have been in contact with Steve Story, spokesperson for the trust operating the Buccaneers. Lindemann, a FL resident, has become a "serious candidate to buy the Bucs and keep the team in Tampa Bay." Lindemann tried to buy the Dolphins in Janaury , but lost out to Wayne Huizenga who had the right of first refusal on the team. Now with the Bucs on the market, he is again a "major player" in bidding for a team. Forbes lists Lindemann as the 170th wealthiest man in America with a net worth of $590M (Bruce Lowitt, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/17). MO businessman Stan Kroenke spoke by phone with the three-man trust yesterday and "expressed interest to move" the Bucs to St. Louis if that city does not get the Rams (Pat Yasinskas, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/17). MORE STADIUM NEWS: Tampa Sports Authority Exec Dir Rick Nafe discussed preliminary plans for a $50-70M stadium renovation, part of which would be the "installation of revenue producing club level seating and additional sky boxes." The retrofitting, however, could reduce the stadium's capacity to about 65,000 -- 5,000 below the minimum to host the Super Bowl. Tampa has hosted two Super Bowls and was set to bid for the 2000 game (Don Banks, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/17). Pinellas County officials say they are unable to offer "cold, hard cash" to keep the team in the Tampa area, but would "lend a hand on advance season tickets sales" (Stebbins & Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/17).