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BUCS SALE MAY GET EARLY APPROVAL
Published January 19, 1995
The February 16 owners meeting in Dallas set up by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to discuss the Rams move may also be an opportunity for the league to vote on the sale of the Buccaneers to Malcolm Glazer. Glazer, who needs approval from 23 of the 30 team owners, was scheduled to go before the owners at their spring meeting in March, but with NFL approval he could be running the franchise as early as mid-February. NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello said that as long as the finance committee, which is headed by Oilers Owner Bud Adams, has finished their investigation of Glazer's bid, "it's conceivable" that the owners could vote on the Glazer offer in February (Nick Pugliese, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/19). STEINBRENNER SPEAKS: Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, whose bid to buy the team was rejected, told the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES that he questions why Glazer needs an escape clause in the deal after two years if he is committed to keeping the Bucs in town. Steinbrenner: "If you are going to be here forever and ever, why do you need an escape clause at all? The answer is you shouldn't." Steinbrenner also was concerned that the Glazer family was represented by Hill, Ward & Henderson, the same law firm that represents the team (Mult., 1/19).