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Published December 14, 1994
With no offers for the Buccaneers on the "horizon, the trust that owns the team has devised a way to pump some wind into their sale." A deadline for submitting an offer may be announced to prospective owners in an "effort to accelerate the deal" (Rick Stroud, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14). Jack Donlan, a member of the three-man trust in charge of selling the team, said the team needs to prepare for next season, adding, "You have to get things in place." Trustee Steve Story said the deadline would be placed on prospective owners "to get things going -- to get a deal done." The notion of a deadline drew criticism from local bidders. Tommy Shannon, point-man of a group from Outback Steakhouse: "I don't understand the sale process. I don't think anyone does. Is it a sealed bid? An auction? Are they going to shop around the bids?" Shannon added: "You're buying this at peak value. This is not a good time to buy" (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/14). Palm Beach millionaire and interested buyer, George Lindemann: "It looks like they want us to make an offer and then they'll shop it around to the next guys. ... No one is going to make an offer on that basis" (Rick Stroud, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14) STARR QUALITY: Bart Starr met with Story for 30-minutes yesterday stating his interest. Story said Starr's group would keep the Bucs in Tampa (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/14).