Glazer happy about Bucs deal

January 16, 1995|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer

Amid signs that the final glitches in his bid for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have been cleared up, Malcolm Glazer said last night he "is all smiles" about his prospects for buying the team today.

Glazer met yesterday with attorneys, who spoke by telephone with trustees selling the franchise for the estate of late owner Hugh Culverhouse.

"We had a good meeting today, and we're having a meeting tomorrow. We're looking forward to making an announcement tomorrow," Glazer, a Palm Beach, Fla.-based financier, said yesterday.

"We have a very good feeling. We're all smiles," said Glazer, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Glazer was bidding against a pair of Baltimore-based groups also seeking the team, at least one of which would have brought the team to Baltimore.

Meanwhile, Orioles controlling partner Peter Angelos said last night he doesn't think the deal is done and was reviewing his own bid, as was another rival group, represented by Baltimore attorney Robert Schulman.

"We're evaluating every option," said Schulman, who has not disclosed where the team would play or who his investors are.

Meanwhile, a Tampa television station reported last night that Angelos planned to enhance his bid and sue the trustees if it was rejected, claiming he was used to drive up the other bids, among other complaints.

Angelos denied the report. "I'm not saying I don't have a cause of action, but it's never crossed my mind. That's a totally false report," Angelos said.

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who said Thursday he was filing a bid, hasn't commented since Glazer moved close to buying the team.

Glazer reportedly has offered between $170 million and $175 million, and promised to pay the trustees millions of dollars more if the team gets the go-ahead for a new stadium or if it moves from the city. The package then could be worth $205 million, equal to what Angelos bid if he could move the team. Glazer also has promised to keep the team in Tampa for at least two years.

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