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COMMISSION MEMBERS SPLIT ON HELP TO THE BUCS

     The Hillsborough County Commission, the elected body that
will try to keep the Bucs in Tampa, is faced with internal
disagreements on how to help the franchise.  Two staff members
have been directed to monitor the sale and develop options on
what can be done to help the team, but several "members also
warned that they do not want to commit any public dollars to the
project too soon."  Much of the funding to renovate Tampa Stadium
would come from the county (Kevin Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/8).
     FOR SALE:  Palm Beach millionaire George Lindemann said he
will not enter a "blind auction" for the team and described the
sale price of $175M-$200M unrealistic for a group planning to
operate the club in Tampa.  Lindemann: "I can't afford to match
what Baltimore will pay" (Rick Stroud, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES,
12/8).  If Orioles Owner Peter Angelos bids "high" and loses,
"he'll go after the NFL and the Bucs in court," according to USA
TODAY'S Gordon Forbes.   Forbes also reports the NFL is working
behind the scenes to keep the Rams and the Bucs from moving.
"The fear is that a Rams move might be followed by a Raiders
move, and the NFL also wants a Jacksonville-Tampa rivalry" (USA
TODAY, 12/8).
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