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THE DOLANS CONTINUE TO REACH FOR STAR POWER BY ADDING SHULA
Published June 16, 1998
Larry and Charles Dolan "have raised the stakes in their bid to become the next owner of the Browns" by bringing Don Shula into their ownership group, according to Terry Pluto of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. Shula was born and raised in OH and the Dolans will introduce him at a press conference today as an Exec VP in their proposed organization. Pluto writes that Shula "is a big name and known commodity to NFL owners," and with him on board, "the Dolans believe their seemingly already strong group is even more attractive to the league" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 6/16). In Cleveland, Tony Grossi reports that Shula "might ... invest nominally in ownership. But his value to the Dolan effort is priceless." Grossi: "Shula's universal acceptance by NFL owners makes it increasingly difficult for them to deny the Dolans' bid." Bengals Owner Mike Brown: "He's a significant plus for the Dolans" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 6/16). In Miami, Kevin Ding reports that Shula would become a 5% owner in the Dolan group (MIAMI HERALD, 6/16). MORE BROWNS NEWS: In Cleveland, Tony Grossi reported that Browns ownership applicants Thomas Murdough and Bart Wolstein "were less than amused" when they read that Howard Milstein termed the expansion team ownership derby "a two- horse race" between he and the Dolan brothers. Wolstein: "We don't need a New Yorker running our team." Ownership candidates will have to send a check for $150,000 to the NFL this week to receive material on the stadium lease and revenue sharing projection information (PLAIN DEALER, 6/14). Bernie Kosar, who has been approached by Murdough and the Dolans about joining their ownership bids, has "serious questions about whether there is enough time to build a viable NFL franchise" by '99. Kosar: "I'm concerned about the timeline of it. It's a tight timeline to get ready to play in '99" (Carter Gaddis, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 6/14).