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BUCS ROUND-UP: WHO'S YOUR PAL?; WHAT'S THAT FLUSHING SOUND?
Published December 2, 1994
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).