The chairman and the vice chairman of the company that owns the grocery store tabloids National Enquirer and The Star have expressed an interest in buying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and keeping the franchise local.
Peter Callahan, chairman of the Enquirer/Star Group Inc., and Michael Boylan, vice chairman, met yesterday with Steve Story, one of three trustees brokering the sale of the team for the estate of late owner Hugh Culverhouse.
Callahan and Boylan, who are exploring the purchase as private investors, not on behalf of their company, join a long list of potential suitors, including Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos.
"Our session today was a preliminary one. . . . If they have an interest in pursuing this matter, they will contact us again," Story said in a written statement.
Angelos, who would move the team to Baltimore, is close to tendering an official bid for the team, something that could happen in the next few days, he said. The only written bid received so far for the team, a $150 million offer by a group interested in keeping the team in Tampa, expires Monday.