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NFL APPROVES BUCS SALE: WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, MALCOLM!

     Malcolm Glazer's purchase of the Bucs for $192M became
official Monday when the NFL owners unanimously approved the sale
from the Culverhouse estate.  The NFL's finance committee had
given the sale unanimous approval on Sunday.  The move was the
first order of business at this week's NFL owners meetings (Nick
Pugliese, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/14).
     TURKEY SHOOT?  Chiefs Owner Lamar Hunt said he is proposing
that the annual Thanksgiving Day games be passed among all 30 NFL
teams, giving each team the home game once every 15 years.  Hunt
said the Lions and Cowboys have an "unfair edge by hosting the
games every year."  Hunt is expected to present his case to the
owners at the NFL meetings in Phoenix on Wednesday.  Similar
attempts to end the Thanksgiving Day tradition have failed in the
past.  Lions Vice Chair Bill Ford Jr. said he would fight the
proposal "tooth and nail": "It's a 61-year-old tradition.  Most
of the teams weren't even in existence 61 years ago" (Curt
Sylvester, DETROIT FREE PRESS, 3/14).
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