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  • ANGELOS HEARING "RUMBLINGS" ABOUT TROUBLE ON BUCS SALE

         With reports that Bucs Owner Malcolm Glazer's failed stock
    sale may put his deal for the team "in danger," Orioles Owner and
    Bucs suitor Peter Angelos said he has spoken with Bucs trust
    member Steve Story about the deal.  Angelos "inquired" about
    whether the Bucs sale was in jeopardy.  Angelos: "There are
    rumblings and they may be unfounded.  But if not, we will renew
    our efforts" (Baltimore SUN, 2/16).
         ADVICE FOR GLAZER: If Glazer commits $10M toward a new
    stadium in Tampa as soon as his ownership is approved by the NFL,
    "Tampa Bay would be his," according to Gary Shelton of the ST.
    PETERSBURG TIMES.  Shelton writes, "We are not just talking money
    here.  We are talking credibility."  Since the building of a new
    stadium is viewed as a necessity, Glazer could "wait for it to
    happen.  Or take a firm step and lead the way" (Gary Shetlon, ST.
    PETERSBURG TIMES, 2/16).
    

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  • ARE THESE LIONS READY TO MOVE TO A NEW DEN?

         The Lions may leave the Silverdome and move to Detroit
    unless the city of Pontiac renegotiates its lease, according to
    reports this morning in the DETROIT NEWS.  Lions VP William Clay
    Ford, Jr., said he has met with Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer about
    the team returning to the city it left in 1975.  Ford: "He would
    love to have us back."  The Lions receive no income from parking,
    stadium concessions, or luxury suites, pay more than $2M on
    ticket surcharge, office spaces and game-day expenses.  Ford said
    the Lions are the only team in the NFL that doesn't receive such
    stadium generated revenue.  Ford: "When we signed our lease, it
    was a fine lease.  The problem is, the competitive landscape has
    changed dramatically in the NFL" (DETROIT NEWS, 2/16).
    

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  • CHL IGUANAS VOWS TO FIGHT "TOOTH AND NAIL" AGAINST IHL

         The CHL San Antonio Iguanas will compete "tooth and nail"
    against an IHL team if one moves to the city.  The SAN ANTONIO
    EXPRESS-NEWS reported Wednesday that Spurs officials are
    "exploring the idea" of luring an IHL team for the Alamodome.  If
    the IHL grants a team to the Alamodome, CHL officials "suggested
    they will consider lowering ticket prices" for the coming season,
    but will not move out of the city.  CHL Commissioner Monte Miron
    admitted the IHL is "a step above us," but "it's still minor
    league."  Miron on the viability of an IHL franchise in San
    Antonio:  "I know if it was my money, I wouldn't invest it in the
    IHL (in San Antonio).  I don't think they will make it" in San
    Antonio.  The Iguanas are averaging 5,258 fans in the San Antonio
    Coliseum (Jerry Briggs, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS, 2/16).
    

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  • WILL LOS ANGELES BE WATCHING THIS CASE AS CLOSELY AS OTHERS?

         NFL owners will hear testimony in Dallas today from the Rams
    and Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's "fact-finding team" regarding
    the team's impending move to St. Louis.  Owners will not
    officially vote on the move until their March meeting in Phoenix.
    Two items that owners are "expected to address" are the
    "preservation of the television contract" and the compensation
    the Rams would pay the league for moving the team to St. Louis.
    Regarding TV, NFL owners "are expected to seek assurances today
    that the Raiders will continue to give the league" a presence in
    L.A -- the nation's second largest TV market (Michele Himmelberg,
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/16).  During ESPN's coverage of the
    expansion draft, Chris Berman reported that the Rams' move is not
    a done deal (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 2/16).
    

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