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BUCS MEET ANOTHER SUITOR; CITY APPOINTS REPRESENTATIVES
Published December 7, 1994
Members of the Buccaneers trust met with the financial adviser for retired GA life-insurance "magnet" Arthur Williams to continue discussions about buying the team. Adviser James Kelly said it was a follow-up meeting to talks he had last week with Bucs trustee Steve Story to "firm up some of the issues." Kelly said Williams would have no problem buying the team for "a reasonable amount of money," adding that he has no partners at this time. Williams would keep the team in Tampa (John Stebbins, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/7). HIRED GUNS: Hillsborough County Commission Chair Jim Norman is "seeking approval" to make County Administrator Dan Kleman and County Attorney Emeline Action the commission's representatives on the Bucs sale. Kleman and Acton would join a special task force of local business people, politicians and civic leaders who are looking at a possible renovation to Tampa Stadium. County Commissioner Phyllis Busansky also met with Pinellas County officials to discuss the "possibility of governments on both sides of Tampa Bay sharing the cost" of keeping the team in the area. Tampa radio stations are donating $250,000 worth of public service air spots "aimed at drumming up support" for the team (Walker and Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/7). RESPONSE FROM THE COMMISH: NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue responded to FL Gov. Lawton Chiles' request to help keep the team in Tampa writing he would like a "strong and successful team" there, but would give no promises the team would stay (Walker & Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/7).