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  • OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE, STEINBRENNER STILL ALIVE IN BUCS HUNT

         The trust in charge of selling the Buccaneers met separately
    with a group from Outback Steakhouse and Yankees Owner George
    Steinbrenner yesterday.  Trustee Steve Story said more meetings
    were planned with both groups and termed the session with
    Steinbrenner as "somewhat preliminary."  Tommy Shannon, along
    with Outback Founders Chris Sullivan and Bob Basham met with the
    trust early in the day.  Shannon:  "We didn't make an offer and I
    don't think we've all concurred that we want to make an offer.
    But it was a good meeting."  Shannon still has no idea what price
    the trust has settled on:  "All we know is that we read in the
    paper about a bracket between $175M and $200M.  That is quite a
    bracket" (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/23).
         IF YOU WATCH THE BUCS, I'LL TAX YOUR SEAT:  Nearly four out
    of five Tampa Bay residents want local officials to do "whatever
    it takes" to keep the Bucs from leaving.  According to an
    independent poll of 300 residents of Hillsborough and Pinellas
    counties by Phil Balducci & Associates, if that means a tax
    increase, a majority would support it.  The poll had a margin of
    error of +/- 5.8%:       CITY SHOULD DO WHATEVER IT TAKES
              78%
         CITY SHOULD GUARANTEE "SUFFICIENT ATTENDANCE"     69%
         USE TAX $ TO GUARANTEE TIX FOR HOME GAMES         53%
         WILL PAY $50 IN TAXES TO IMPROVE TAMPA STADIUM    54%
         WILL PAY $25 IN TAXES TO IMPROVE TAMPA STADIUM    65%
         Pollster Balducci:  "The results kind of caught me off
    guard.  There's a lot stronger community support for the Bucs
    than I might have thought.  It appears that as long as the tax
    increase stays small, the community is absolutely for it."  Tampa
    Mayor Sandy Freedman said the results show how important the team
    is to the area and that she has been working on "several funding
    options for stadium improvements or replacement, including a tax
    on restaurant sales" (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/23).
    

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  • SAVE THE RAMS MAY GET COAL IN THEIR STOCKING

         Save the Rams, the local group trying to keep the team in
    the L.A. area, held a press conference yesterday at which Co-
    Chair Leigh Steinberg admitted, "It has become abundantly clear
    to us in recent weeks that the Rams plan to make a move to St.
    Louis."  The group announced "Phase II" of their strategy:  They
    plan to meet the other 29 NFL owners, plus NFL Commissioner Paul
    Tagliabue and representatives of Fox, to discuss their offer to
    the Rams and try to gather up the eight votes they would need to
    block the team's move to St. Louis.  The booster group will
    explain their offer, which includes a list of companies that
    might build a $200M football stadium in bankrupt Orange County
    and names of people "willing to invest" in the team.  Save the
    Rams will also ask CA political leaders to help, and a
    spokesperson for Gov. Pete Wilson said the governor -- who
    received a $20,000 contribution from Rams Owner Georgia Frontiere
    in his '94 re-election -- is working "behind the scenes" to keep
    the team in CA (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER,
    12/23).  Rams President John Shaw could not be reached for
    comment, but sources close to negotiations said a Rams agreement
    with St. Louis will not be done before January (Jim Thomas, ST.
    LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/22).
    

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