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BUCS PULL ABOUT-FACE, WILL ASK LEGISLATURE FOR MONEY
Published February 29, 1996
The Bucs pulled "an abrupt about-face" Wednesday night, announcing they would be willing to join Tampa and Hillsborough County officials in asking the FL Legislature for taxes to help pay for a new stadium. The team's change of heart comes just two days before a self-imposed deadline to come up with a funding plan to keep the team in Tampa. Joe Henderson reports, as part of the new position, the Bucs want "assurances from negotiators that they be allowed to leave for another city without being sued if attempts in the Legislature fail." Henderson reports officials "are lukewarm" to that idea (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/29). Meanwhile, in Orlando, Larry Guest expects the Bucs to announce "perhaps as early as Friday, they are officially pulling the plug on stalled negotiations" in Tampa. Guest adds the team will then "openly resume pursuit of the deal they want to happen -- a move to a new Osceola County stadium in time for the 1998 season" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/29).