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BUCS MAY INTRODUCE PSL ALTERNATIVE -- SEAT DEPOSIT

     Because Bucs fans opposed permanent seat licenses to help
fund a new stadium, the team may substitute a "ticket deposit"
plan.  Ken Koehn reports in the TAMPA TRIBUNE that the ticket
deposits would be an up-front contribution by fans that would be
repaid through lower ticket prices over several years.  The team
has hired Max Muhleman of Muhleman Sports Marketing to help
develop the plan.  The cost for the deposits is projected to be
less than PSLs -- at around $500/seat or lower.  Hillsborough
County Commission Chair Jim Norman supports the idea (TAMPA
TRIBUNE, 8/25).  Meanwhile, in Orlando, Bucs Exec VPs Joel and
Bryan Glazer told the Orlando Buccaneers Booster Club that their
first priority is to build a new stadium in Tampa.  Tim Turner
writes that the Glazers' appearance and statement "seemingly
ends" speculation involving a move by the Bucs to Orlando's
Citrus Bowl (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/25).
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