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BUCS FUTURE STILL UNCERTAIN WITH NO VOTE ON BROWNS MOVE
Published January 18, 1996
Despite denials from NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Cleveland Mayor Michael White, reports continue that the Bucs, wrapped in "increasingly hostile" negotiations with Hillsborough County officials for a new stadium, have held talks with private representatives from Cleveland about replacing the Browns. But Bucs Owner Malcolm Glazer can't make a move until the owners decide the Browns' fate, according to the TAMPA TRIBUNE. Tagliabue called the Bucs-to-Cleveland scenario a "rumor without foundation," and while Bucs GM Rich McKay said Glazer wants to keep the Bucs in Tampa, he added that it is not appropriate to comment on "any meetings scheduled or correspondence going on." Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen said replacing the Browns with another team is a "possible solution," while Raiders Owner Al Davis said, when asked if the Bucs might get pushed to Cleveland, "Maybe they won't have to be pushed" (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/18). In Tampa, Hillsborough County Commissioners spent two-and-a-half hours discussing stadium plans yesterday, but were unable to reach any consensus (Rick Stroud, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 1/18).