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Tampa Radio Station Retracts Bucs Sale Report, Suspends Reporter

WDAE-AM Suspends
Sileo For Bucs Report
WDAE-AM Thursday issued an apology and full retraction for a report earlier in the day by the station's Dan Sileo, which claimed the Glazer family suffered "massive losses" from the Bernie Madoff scandal and could be forced to sell the Buccaneers. The station in a statement said, "During a broadcast Thursday 10/29/09 on WDAE, morning host Dan Sileo made some statements about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Glazer family that were factually incorrect. We sincerely apologize for those statements and hereby issue a full retraction." An earlier version of the statement misspelled the family's last name as "Glazier" (THE DAILY). Clear Channel Tampa President & Market Manager Dan Diloreto said Sileo "has been suspended pending further investigation into this matter." It is not clear how long Sileo will be suspended. In St. Petersburg, Stephen Holder noted WDAE is the Buccaneers' flagship radio station, and Thursday's erroneous report "called into question the Glazer family's personal finances, something that could negatively impact their business dealings in other arenas" (TAMPABAY.com, 10/29). 

THROWING THE FLAG: Buccaneers co-Chair Joel Glazer Thursday issued a statement disputing WDAE's report. Glazer in the statement said the report is "100[%] false." The Buccaneers "are not, nor have they ever been for sale. In addition, our family or any of our related companies have never invested one penny with Bernie Madoff" (Buccaneers). ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas wrote of the release, "I've seen several thousand through the years and have never seen anything this strong or confrontational out of the Bucs." The team "got personal in a way that usually is done only by the Raiders." Yasinskas noted there have been "rumors about the Glazers selling the team for years," but there "never have been any substantiated reports to go along with that" (ESPN.com, 10/29). 

CALL IF INTERESTED: Former 49ers Owner Eddie DeBartolo Thursday indicated that he would be interested in buying the Buccaneers if indeed the team came up for sale. DeBartolo, who resides in Tampa, said, "If a situation came about with something as close as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I would be a moron not to at least look into it and be somewhat interested." He added if the Glazers are "interested in selling, and they're very serious about it, of course we have a small syndicate that would be interested in it." In L.A., Sam Farmer notes the NFL in '99 fined DeBartolo $1M and suspended him for the entire season after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge, which "effectively ended his relationship with" the 49ers. DeBartolo in '00 sold his share of the team to his brother-in-law and sister, John and Denise DeBartolo York, but an "informal sampling of NFL owners in recent years indicates they would be willing to welcome him back" (L.A. TIMES, 10/30).



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