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BUCS SALE: ANGELOS READY; IACOCCA, POHLAD JOIN STEINBRENNER
Published December 15, 1994
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 Angelos, on statements by Bucs trust member Steve Story that no offers have been made for the team: "We have not withdrawn the proposal that was made to the Culverhouse representatives" (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 12/15).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).