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Published November 30, 1994
"On a busy day of sale related meeting at One Buccaneer Place," Bucs team trustee Steve Story met with three potential investors interested in the team -- Dixon Ticonderoga Owner Gino Pala, GA insurance exec Art Williams, Sr., and MO beer distributor Jerry Clinton. Clinton, co-founder of St. Louis' NFL expansion bid, would likely move the team to St. Louis. Clinton's visit to Tampa was viewed as a "surprise" since St. Louis is the front-runner to get the Rams (Yasinskas & Stebbins, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/30). LINDEMANN'S SERIOUS INTEREST: Florida multimillionaire George Lindemann reiterated his interest in the Bucs, but only at a certain price. He says local investors are likely to be outbid for the team by out-of-state buyers who are willing to pay as much as $200M. Lindemann: "If the trustees wish to sell it to an outside ownership group, they will get one price. If they wish to keep it here, they will get another price." Lindemann, who lost out on a bid last year for the Dolphins, said "he would consider Tampa Bay area investors but has the money to go it alone." His representatives met with the Bucs trusts on November 22 (John Stebbins, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/30).