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BUCS II: NFL OWNERS SPEAK OUT ON ANGELOS' INVOLVEMENT

     This morning's Baltimore SUN reports that Orioles Owner
Peter Angelos is "close to tendering an official bid" for the
Buccaneers, "something that could happen in the next few days"
(Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 1/5).  But an "informal" survey of
several NFL owners by the Baltimore SUN's Vito Stellino found
mixed sentiment about a possible Bucs move to Baltimore.  The
Cowboys' Jerry Jones: "I'm very interested in getting people such
as Mr. Angelos involved in the NFL. ... If you are willing to put
$200M on the line, some of the things [cross-ownership] have to
be altered ... If we are going to have these kinds of people
involved in our future, we have to accommodate the ownership
situation."  Jones did note one problem with a move: "If it
basically has a negative impact by the partners we presently
have, that's the issue, i.e. Washington."  One unidentified NFC
owner: "If the commissioner walks into the room and says to us
that we can sell to Angelos or go to court, that's the definition
of a no-brainer, isn't it?"  Bengals Owner Mike Brown: "I've
believed for a long time that Baltimore should have an NFL
franchise. ... I would not stand in the way."  But Brown added he
did have a problem with cross-ownership.  The Giants' Wellington
Mara admitted he didn't know much about Angelos:  "But one thing
we don't need in our league is a new member who wants to come in
and change all our rules and not abide by them" (Vito Stellino,
Baltimore SUN, 1/5).
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