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BUCS TRUST MAKE PILGRIMAGE TO MEET WITH THE RAMS' SHAW
Published November 23, 1994
Rams President John Shaw said there was little to report on a Monday meeting with three Buccaneers team officials in L.A. Shaw said the group "compared notes, that kind of thing. ... We caught up with each other on where we were with St. Louis. Nobody should read too much into this" (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 11/23). Meanwhile, in Tampa, two local leaders "in the battle to keep" the team have "taken a beating in the stock market in the last two days." Outback Steakhouse CEO Chris Sullivan says the drop in his company's stock will not "affect his ability to make an offer for the Bucs -- if he and fellow investor Bob Basham event want to." Falling stock prices have "stripped" Outback of 16.8% of its value over the past two days. Personally, Sullivan and Basham have combined to lose about $43M (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/23). IS THE TABLE FULL OR IS THERE ROOM FOR MORE? George Stamos, an attorney for Orioles Owner Peter Angelos, said it is "possible" Angelos "could keep the team" in Tampa if was the buyer. Nelson Peltz, CEO of the company that controls Arby's and R.C. Cola, also may be considering making a bid for the franchise (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/23). ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Bucs are determined to sell the team by January, "in part to facilitate an offer to [Jimmy] Johnson. And the NFL privately believe that a fertile, football-crazy market like Tampa would thrive under new ownership and Johnson as coach" ("SportsCenter," 11/22). HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Bucs "boosters" are trying to restructure legislation that would allow state sales tax money to be used to help renovations on Tampa Stadium. The "hitch" in the legislation is no money can be used for existing franchises. Reworking the legislation is not considered easy, and supporters in Tampa are "reluctant to talk about the initiative for fear of creating a stir in other parts of the state." But FL Gov. Lawton Chiles says he will do all he can to keep the team. Chiles: "I'm trying to call the NFL commissioner to add my two cents, and I'm ready to meet with him" (Phil Willon, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/23).