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COMMISSION MEMBERS SPLIT ON HELP TO THE BUCS
Published December 8, 1994
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).