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ORLANDO BASEBALL BIDDER EXPRESSES INTEREST IN BUCS
Published November 22, 1994
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).