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Seminole, Osceola could get into game
If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers move to Central Florida, the team may not really be the Orlando Bucs. It could be the Seminole County Bucs or maybe even the Osceola County Bucs.
Talk is swirling in both counties about how they could help bring the Bucs here. Among the ideas:
* Delaware North, the owner of Seminole Greyhound Park, is considering offering to help build a stadium for the Bucs on its 168 acres in south Seminole County. It may ask the county to participate with it in a proposal to the Bucs.
* Seminole County itself could build a football stadium, but a partnership with Orange County to help fund the renovation of the Citrus Bowl or a new downtown Orlando stadium is more likely.
* Osceola County officials say they might be interested in helping fund a stadium if it were placed near the county line.
Right now, it's all talk. No one from Central Florida has made an offer to the Bucs or to the Orlando Area Sports Commission, which has led the charge to bring the Bucs to the area.
The sports commission is shopping around for more ideas, however. A letter from Orlando law firm Gray, Harris & Robinson included in the OASC's Bucs Task Force Report says the commission is "exploring potential funding sources from county governments other than Orange County."
"We are exploring all the options," OASC President Randy Johnson says. "We have asked questions of every entity with deep enough pockets to play."
He will not say what those options are.
Other options besides using Orange County resort tax funds to pay for a football stadium are being explored because of the county's contract with Norton Herrick, the Boca Raton businessman who has tried unsuccessfully to bring a Major …