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BUCS ROUND-UP: WHO'S YOUR PAL?; WHAT'S THAT FLUSHING SOUND?

     Dixon Ticonderoga Chair Gino Pala said he is "convinced"
Bucs trustees are sincere about wanting to keep the team in
Tampa.  He also confirmed that he has spoken directly with Jimmy
Johnson about becoming the team's head coach.  Pala said he left
his meeting with the Bucs trust "much more encouraged" about his
potential ownership of the team.  Pala: "Mr. Donlan and Mr. Story
(Bucs trustees) were both very forthcoming.  The Bucs needs some
data from us, and we need some things from them.  ... There are a
lot of numbers that have to be studied by both sides."  On
Johnson, he said "we did contact Jimmy Johnson and we plan to get
together" (Ira Kaufman, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/2).
     HOK STUDIES TAMPA STADIUM: "A simple thing like more
restrooms at Tampa Stadium could help keep the Buccaneers from
moving out of Tampa Stadium."  That is part of a three- week
study by the architects from HOK, the sports facilities group,
who are studying possible renovations to the 27-year old stadium.
Ronald Labinski, Senior VP of HOK: "We're trying to determine to
what extent premium seating and revenue enhancements can be
accomplished within the existing stadium facility" (Joe
Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/2).
     TAMPA CHAMBER PUTS BUCS ON WISH LIST: Greater Tampa Chamber
of Commerce's incoming chair Joseph House told the group that
keeping the Bucs in Tampa should be their top priority.  At the
group's annual luncheon, House said, "Make sure the Bucs stop
here" (Jean Gruss, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/2).
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