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         The Bucs' plan to change uniforms, colors and logo for the
    '96 season has been "put on hold" while the team's future in
    Tampa remains uncertain, according to the TAMPA TRIBUNE.
    Meanwhile, the Tampa stadium situation has yet to be discussed
    formally by owners at the Palm Beach, FL, meetings.  Bucs VP Joel
    Glazer said he "was not sure" if the Bucs will have the
    opportunity to address owners.  He added the team has no talks
    scheduled with negotiators from Tampa (Pat Yasinskas, TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 3/13).

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         The IHL Board of Governors approved the transfer of
    ownership of the Kansas City Blades from Russell and Diana Parker
    to DP Fox Sports and Entertainment Ltd, headed by Daniel and
    Pamella DeVos.  DP Fox Sports also own the IHL's Grand Rapids
    Griffins and is the first group to own and manage two IHL
    franchises (IHL).  IHL Commissioner Bob Ufer said provisions were
    in place to will safeguard against possible conflicts.  Ufer:
    "We have taken appropriate measures to assure autonomy of the
    hockey operations, and the league will closely monitor player
    transactions.  Any player transactions must be approved by the
    league office" (Bob Luder, KANSAS CITY STAR, 3/13).

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         Oilers Owner Bud Adams is optimistic that the team would
    generate a "good turnout" at the Astrodome if it is forced to
    stay in Houston for another year.  According to this morning's
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE, with Adams' move to Nashville currently in
    limbo because of a May referendum in TN and Houston Mayor Bob
    Lanier's request that the NFL guarantee another the city team
    before allowing the Oilers to leave, the chances of a lame-duck
    Oiler season are growing.  John Williams reports club officials
    are banking on the popularity of second-year QB Steve McNair, an
    attractive schedule and the possibility of a playoff berth to
    attract fans (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/13).

    Print | Tags: Anheuser Busch, Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, NFL

         South FL sports mogul Wayne Huizenga expects the Panthers to
    stay in the area and is weighing three different offers from
    investors who will not move the club, according to the MIAMI
    HERALD.  Local businessmen Bruce Frey and Bud Paxson, Dallas
    businessman John Spano and an undisclosed group are all
    interested in the team.  The Frey/Paxson group has made an offer
    that the HERALD reports is "an all-cash" deal with "no unusual
    restrictions" -- but Huizenga "did not speak well" of their bid.
    Broward County officials trying to negotiate an arena lease with
    the team cannot begin until the Panthers' ownership situation is
    settled.  Also, there could be potential problems with Broward's
    offers to the Heat and Panthers.  The county's preliminary
    agreement with the NBA club is different than the one negotiated
    with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.  The Heat's letter of intent
    calls for equal arena revenue sharing, while Bettman negotiated
    an additional $2M for the Panthers based on a state tax break
    (Jackson & Rafinski, MIAMI HERALD, 3/12).

    Print | Tags: Anheuser Busch, Franchises, Miami Heat, NBA, NHL

         While several NFL owners continued to "snicker" over the
    Seahawks' claim they must move out of the Kingdome due to seismic
    concerns, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said yesterday "the
    league has concerns" about other questions regarding the adequacy
    of the Kingdome.  Clare Farnsworth reports Tagliabue noted the
    falling ceiling tiles that forced the Seahawks and Mariners out
    in '95.  Tagliabue denied that any members of the Finance
    Committee were skeptical of Behring's contention of danger.  A
    King County group makes its pitch to keep the Seahawks in front
    of the committee tonight (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 3/13).
         NO SKEPTICISM HERE: In L.A., Plaschke & Simers report, in
    addition to 49ers President Carmen Policy and Steelers Owner Dan
    Rooney, Denver Owner Patrick Bowlen scoffed at the Seahawks'
    earthquake presentation.  Bowlen: "This is like me saying that my
    East stands are falling down, so I'm leaving."  An unidentified
    exec told the L.A. TIMES:  "The whole thing is a sham."  The
    TIMES described reactions as "a mixture of laughter and
    disbelief," and noted that such reactions "may indicate the
    league's willingness to throw up roadblocks if the Seahawks are
    not restrained" by a WA state court in May.  Behring responded to
    the cynicism, "There's a lot of jealousy about me moving" (L.A.
    TIMES, 3/12).  In Tacoma, John Clayton reports "some owners
    appeared angry after the meeting," with one owner calling the
    presentation "contentious."   Bowlen, on the contention that the
    Kingdome would collapse during a "once-in-a-500-year earthquake":
    "Come on!"  Pats Owner Bob Kraft, who noted the team plays only
    about 60 hours total in the Kingdome:  "Life is about taking
    risks" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 3/12).  More from Policy, whose
    stadium took a direct earthquake hit during the '89 World Series:
    "I think it's a lame excuse.  I don't know what Ken is trying to
    do" (L.A. TIMES, 3/13).
         OWNERS ENTERTAIN O'MALLEY:  The NFL brought Dodgers Owner
    Peter O'Malley in to meet with several owners about the
    possibility of bringing an expansion team to the L.A. area,
    according to the L.A. TIMES.  T.J. Simers reports that O'Malley
    is still studying stadium sites and has not been discouraged by
    Behring's attempt to move (L.A. TIMES, 3/13).

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