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  • BUCS SALE: ANGELOS READY; IACOCCA, POHLAD JOIN STEINBRENNER

         In his most direct statement to date, Orioles Owner Peter
    Angelos called the Buccaneers "eminently moveable" and that his
    offer of $200M for the team is still on the table.  Angelos made
    these comments in an interview in this morning's ST. PETERSBURG
    TIMES.  Angelos cited the 35,000 in attendance at last Sunday's
    Bucs/Rams game:  "That simply isn't enough fan support to
    justify, it seems to me, the retention of an NFL franchise in a
    given metropolitan area."  Regarding his offer of $200M last
    August for the Bucs, Angelos said "one can logically assume that
    that is a number that's available since nothing has drastically
    changed with regard to the need for a franchise in Baltimore."
    He also discounted reports the NFL would interfere if he tried to
    move the team.  Angelos: "Why should we have a battle (with the
    NFL)?  We will guarantee 70,000 people will attend each game.
    All the sky boxes are sold.  All the premium seats are sold. ...
    and every team that comes to Baltimore will go home with at least
    a $1 million check" (Topkin/Stroud/ Testerman, ST. PETERSBURG
    TIMES, 12/15).  Angelos, on statements by Bucs trust member Steve
    Story that no offers have been made for the team:  "We have not
    withdrawn the proposal that was made to the Culverhouse
    representatives" (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 12/15).
         TOUGH COMPETITION: Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
    "confirmed" last night that former Chrysler Chair Lee Iacocca and
    Twins Owner Carl Pohlad are "prospective buyers" in his group
    pursuing the Bucs (Topkin/Stroud/Testerman, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES,
    12/15).
    

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  • RAPTORS COULD HOST ALL-STAR WEEKEND IN '97 OR '98

         The NBA has "approached" the Raptors about possibly hosting
    the NBA All-Star Game in '97 or '98.  But team President John
    Bitove said the franchise will not submit a bid, "at least for
    the time being," instead focusing on their season-ticket drive
    and the completion of negotiations for an arena site.  Bitove did
    not rule out considering an all-star offer at a later date,
    adding that hosting an All-Star Game is "something we would like
    to do sooner rather than later."  The NBA has a history of
    awarding an all-star game to expansion franchises as a way of
    bringing attention to the new team, and the league has already
    approached the Vancouver Grizzlies about hosting the game in '99
    (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 12/15).
         RAPTORS, RAPTORS EVERYWHERE:  Mike Davenport, president of
    the Sports Organizing Committee in Pinellas County, FL, said he
    is working on a deal to bring the Raptors to St. Petersburg for
    training camp at the ThunderDome.  Davenport hopes to have an
    agreement with the team within a few months (Paul Abercrombie,
    ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/15).
    

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  • WILL MLB MAKE A MOVE INTO THE LAND OF MICKEY AND SHAQ?

         The group representing Orlando's bid for an expansion
    franchise made their presentation to MLB's Expansion Committee
    yesterday.  Prospective Owner Norton Herrick said "everything
    went perfect," adding he believed Orlando had a better chance to
    land a team than St. Petersburg because "We've got a stronger
    market, a better stadium, a better leadership group."  The first
    part of the presentation by Orlando officials focused "on
    community, business and government support as well as the growth
    potential for the area."  Later, Herrick and his investors
    discussed finances with the group.  Stanton Cook, the Cubs' Chair
    and a member of the committee, said the group did a "good job and
    made an excellent presentation."  The league still has not made
    an official announcement that it will expand, but Phillies Owner
    Bill Giles said a vote by the owners "will probably be taken in
    January" (Bill Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/15).
    

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