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BUCS CONTINUE LOOKING TO CENTRAL FLORIDA

     Bucs officials met with Osceola County commissioners about
the team's possible move to the area, according to this morning's
ORLANDO SENTINEL.  Bryan and Joel Glazer, sons of Bucs Owner
Malcolm Glazer, and GM Rich McKay "were non-committal about
Osceola's chances after meeting separately with each of the five
commissioners."  Osceola commissioners say "they made it clear to
the Bucs that county sales -- or property-tax revenue are not on
the table" (Anthony Millican, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/7).  Seminole
County is considering a partnership with Osceola County to offer
a stadium and practice facility for the team.  Seminole County
would build a $5M practice facility to "complement" an Osceola-
based 65,000-seat stadium (Jeff Testerman, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES,
2/7).  In Tampa, the Tampa Sports Authority will ask the
Hillsborough County Commission today for $50,000 to help pay for
pro-stadium lobbyists to work the upcoming session of the FL
Legislature.  TSA "is trying to raise nearly $200,000 for a team
of up to 20 paid and unpaid lobbyists."  The county is seeking to
impose a 1% restaurant tax or 5% rental car tax to help fund a
new facility for the Bucs (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/7).
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