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ANGELOS TO MEET WITH BUCS, "MIGHT" OFFER RECORD $200M

     Orioles Owner Peter Angelos meets with the officials from
the Buccaneers today and "might offer up to $200 million to buy
the team and move it."  The high price of Angelos' offer would be
made up through lucrative stadium arrangements, which could force
the hand of Tampa officials "in the battle for dollars to keep
the Bucs from leaving town."   As reported yesterday, the Tampa
Sports Authority is proposing a multi-million dollar renovation
project for Tampa Stadium, but elected officials are split on how
it should be paid for (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/18).
     OUTSIDE FORCES?  Former Patriots Owner Victor Kiam's lawsuit
against the NFL could have a bearing on franchise relocations.
Kiam claims the NFL and several of its owners "conspired to
interfere with every effort to sell the team to a purchaser who
would relocate the team" (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 11/18).  "If
successful, the lawsuit could force the league to ease its
restrictions on location" Pat Yasinskas, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/18).
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