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ORLANDO BASEBALL BIDDER EXPRESSES INTEREST IN BUCS

     Norton Herrick, who is heading Orlando's MLB expansion
efforts, wants to buy the Bucs and keep them in Tampa.  During
his quest for an MLB franchise, Herrick has "bad-mouthed" the
Tampa Bay area.  But now, Herrick, a Boca Raton developer, is
teaming with Chicago real estate investor Bruce Frey to make a
prospective bid for the Bucs.  Herrick told the PALM BEACH POST
Monday that he had joined Frey and South FL real estate investor
Murray Goodman in a bid for the team.  Frey and two other
investors made a reported $135M offer for the Dolphins but lost
out to Blockbuster's Wayne Huizenga.  Herrick: "In Tampa, I see
some cross-marketing possibilities.  I am trying to follow in my
friend Mr. Huizenga's footsteps."  Herrick envisions a high-speed
train to take baseball fans from Tampa-St. Pete to Orlando to see
baseball and vice-versa for football (Testerman & Topkin, ST.
PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/22).
     OWNERS SPEAK OUT:  On Monday, Bucs trustees Steve Story and
Jack Donlan and Bucs GM Rich McKay were in L.A. to meet with Rams
officials.  Meanwhile, In Tampa, Pay Yasinkas notes that in order
for a new owner to relocate the Bucs, 23 of 30 owners would have
to approve the move -- and many owners are supportive of staying
in Tampa.  Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: "I know that Tampa is one
of the premier places -- and let me emphasize premier places --
in the country for an NFL franchise."  Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen:
"You have to show cause to move a team.  At this stage, I don't
think there's any cause."  Steelers President Dan Rooney, a
member of the league's expansion committee in '74 when Tampa was
selected:  "It turned out to be everything we hoped it would
develop into and more" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/22).
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