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DeBartolo says he "would be a moron" not to be interested in Bucs

Though ownership of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers loudly has shot down rumors regarding a possible sale of the team, one local resident is ready and willing to explore buying the club, if it were to go on the market.

Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.

“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,” DeBartolo told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, before Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer denied that the team could be for sale.

“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,” DeBartolo said.

DeBartolo owned the 49ers from 1977 through 2000, and the team won five Super Bowls on his watch.  He eventually yielded the team to his sister, Denise DeBartolo York, after pleading guilty in 1998 to federal charges relating to the failure to report an extortion attempt by former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards at a time when DeBartolo was trying to secure a casino license.  (On a somewhat related note, we wonder whether DeBartolo said to himself at the time, “I would be a moron not to report this to the feds.”)

So will this black mark on his permanent record be enough to keep DeBartolo out?

“The feeling I get from people is nothing but good,” he told Farmer.  “I can’t
say that goes for the whole league, but I have a lot of friends. . . .  I’m sure I have my detractors, and I’m sure I have my friends.  Personally, I don’t think that would be a problem.”

Commissioner Roger Goodell might disagree about that, especially if Goodell is going to be facing any Congressional committees in the future.

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  1. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 30, 2009 8:53 AM

    “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,” DeBartolo said.
    Whoops, there goes all that “were not selling” bullshit from the Glazers.
    No wonder they’ve been cutting to the bone lately, that’s what you do to a business before you sell.
    It looks much better in the books.

  2. BX says: Oct 30, 2009 8:59 AM

    Find Randy Lerner’s phone number ASAP. You’ll find him hiding somewhere in England or New York as his football team goes far into the crapper. If he is in Cleveland, check behind his desk. He might be hiding there, but I’d only suggest it as a last resort.
    Browns Fans

  3. VoxVeritas says: Oct 30, 2009 9:02 AM

    Lil Eddie was caught cheating in the 80’s and 90’s, and the 49ers own the dubious distinction of being fined as an organization for laundering election campaign money on his watch. Google the name “Gina Baross” and tell me this wannabe mafioso should be allowed back in the NFL.
    Then again, it would be funny to see him fall flat on his face. Carmen Policy was the brains behind any legit success the 49ers experienced, and he fell flat on his face with the Browns.

  4. hawkins says: Oct 30, 2009 9:04 AM

    Why is there a duty to report an extortion attempt (which contradicts the general absence of an affirmative duty to report crimes)?

  5. Bearfan54 says: Oct 30, 2009 9:04 AM

    It must be nice to have a fat stack of cash!

  6. Devils Advocate says: Oct 30, 2009 9:06 AM

    a syndicate huh!!!
    what he fails to mention is that it is likely the:
    okay, 50 bonus points to the first one who can give me the original TV series in which said syndicate appeared.

  7. Cubano says: Oct 30, 2009 9:12 AM

    (On a somewhat related note, we wonder whether DeBartolo said to himself at the time, “I would be a moron not to report this to the feds.”)
    Florio, you quick witted genius!!!

  8. jj jones says: Oct 30, 2009 9:18 AM

    He would be a god send over the the sorry Glazer family.

  9. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 30, 2009 9:33 AM

    “after pleading guilty in 1998 to federal charges relating to the failure to report an extortion attempt by former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards”
    While DeBartolo did plead guilty to an “extortion attempt”, the actual transaction and facts of the case are much worse. It was not like he just failed to pick up the phone and call the feds. He had actually turned over $400,000 to secure a riverboat gambling license and said nothing about it until after the feds swooped in and started asking questions. DeBartolo paid a $400,000 bribe and would have gotten a riverboat casino license if the feds had not been recording his conversations.
    As much as I “respect” what DeBartolo did as an owner of the Niners in winning all of those championships, he should be banned from the NFL for life. He did not just “fail to report an extortion attempt”, he PAID a sitting governor (who is still to this day in Federal Prison) a $400,000 bribe to get a riverboat casino license.
    No way DeBartolo should be allowed back into the NFL!

  10. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 30, 2009 9:39 AM

    He was barred from the league for one year, was not an indefinite suspension. He never received the casino license either, which if he did operate a casino he would definitely not be allowed to. Its ok if players run gambling rings, but god forbid they show Super Bowl ads from Las Vegas.
    The ad, was suppose to air during the Super Bowl, however due to the NFL’s stance on gambling, the ad never aired nationally. That’s right, no Janet Jackson references, no sexy women, and the NFL still blocked the ad.
    DeBartolo pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report a felony, and received a $1 million fine and a year’s probation in return for his testimony against Edwards. Edwards was on trial for extortion and other charges, among which were the $400,000 he demanded from DeBartolo to gain a river boat casino license. DeBartolo never received the license, was fined by the NFL, and barred from active control of the 49ers for one year.
    That legal battle led to another, and as part of a settlement, DeBartolo gave up control of the 49ers in 2000, ceding control of the team to his sister.

  11. shawnc16 says: Oct 30, 2009 10:02 AM

    Say what you will about Eddie DeBartolo but the guy knew how to treat his players and his staff. Yeah he did give a corrupt govenor the money the govenor demanded for a license which is a crime but to this day I have never heard of an owner treating his players and staff so good.
    Banned for life? I can’t say paying a bribe thats offered to you is a crime worth a banned for life but its a crime none the less and the NFL does have an image to keep so I understand.
    Hell if a cop pulled me over for speeding and said give me $20 and I’ll let you go I’d probably do it so I really can’t sit here and condeme him.

  12. footballisfun says: Oct 30, 2009 10:14 AM

    Sounds like Eddie and his “syndicate” want to make the Glazers an off they can’t refuse.

  13. leatherneck says: Oct 30, 2009 10:14 AM

    Does anyone think that “a syndicate” owning an NFL team would in any way be good?

  14. footballrulz says: Oct 30, 2009 10:29 AM

    Devil’s Advocate–That would be Star Trek

  15. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Oct 30, 2009 10:30 AM

    In my younger years I can remember the good Governor Edwin Edwards coming into our clubs-bars and after hours parties…after his security team checked things out first.
    Edwards was the first Politician I can remember who had absolutely no problems answering to his misgivings. Whether it be pardoning a good friend of his, or just flat out earning money in a crooked manner. He claimed all Politicians were crooked in one way or another…but few were willing to admit to it. Which pretty much rings true to this day.
    Despite the negative reputation that follows Edwards around, he was a pretty nice and ordinary fellow to meet and speak with in person. And let’s not forget that Edwards was the man who kept KKK Grand Puba David Duke from becoming the Louisiana Governor in the early 1990’s.
    Just thought people should hear about the other side of the man known as the former four term Louisiana Governor.
    There is good and bad in all of us…

  16. leatherneck says: Oct 30, 2009 10:59 AM

    As for “failure to report an extortion attempt,” I don’t see that listed in Title 18 of the US Code. That said, there is always “Misprision of felony.”—-000-.html
    This ain’t legal advice. Got it?

  17. 1_Buc_Nation says: Oct 30, 2009 11:08 AM

    I could give a rats ass about “an extortion attempt”.
    Get the Buccaneers some owners that want to win championships. If Debartolo is that guy, then let him buy the team.
    As JJ Jones said, he would be “God sent” over these lame duck owners.

  18. painday says: Oct 30, 2009 11:10 AM

    Screw the bucs Eddie, come home to the city by the bay… SAN FRANCISCO BAY! We need you. Jed may like to act and talk like you , but that snot nosed punk is still the son of Jon York and your kid sister Connie…I mean Danise. If the NFL denies you, it is because Snyder and Jerry Jones don’t want the real deal back in the league. I love the NINERS, but would root for any team Eddie D would own…except DALLAS and the RAMS. And to my man VOX VARITAS, Carmin was only involved in the 89 and 94 super bowl teams. BILL WALSH ran the team the first 3 super bowls.

  19. jbwbubba says: Oct 30, 2009 11:27 AM

    Forget felonies, the key is what does he think of Donovan McNabb as a QB. That will determine if you are worthy to be an NFL owner.

  20. Vince Drooley says: Oct 30, 2009 11:37 AM

    What knucklehead kind of a law is that? Failure to report that someone is trying to extort money from you? That’s a choice – tattle or not. It’s not up to Eddie DeBartolo to squeal on a corrupt politician so that the Eff – Bee – Eye can build a case because they’re too inept to do it without forcing a basically innocent party into it. This is what the feds are spending our tax money investigating? Seriously? It’d be a different thing if DeBartolo paid the money, but simply failing to tell anyone? Big effing whoop.
    And let the guy buy a franchise if he can. He was good for football. Unlike that dope on a rope Goodell.

  21. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 30, 2009 12:39 PM

    “It’d be a different thing if DeBartolo paid the money, but simply failing to tell anyone? Big effing whoop.”
    DeBartolo DID pay the money. He “paid”/”handed over a bribe” in the amount of $400,000 in cash in exchange for a promised riverboat casino license. The feds were investigating Edwards (former Louisiana Governor and current federal prisoner) at the time and have the whole thing on tape.
    DeBartolo was offered a deal by the feds (and stayed out of jail) in exchange for his testimony against Edwards and he sang like a canary, but that does not diminish the FACT that he paid a $400,000 cash bribe in exchange for a promised riverboat casino license. He had good lawyers and the feds were so hot to get the former governor that he was able to get a deal for his testimony, but the FACTS are that he paid a $400,000 bribe.
    The feds were as surprised as anyone when DeBartolo showed up at the restaurant and handed over a briefcase with $400,000 in cash.

  22. RaiderChile says: Oct 30, 2009 12:56 PM

    I don’t think ED would have the same impact with the salary cap rules of today’s game.
    You guys out there supporting ED, he wouldn’t give a rats ass to what your sob story is. He’s a richie rich and those guy throughout history have always ruin lives for profit.
    Don’t pity this guy. He has millions and he’ll take whatever he can from you and wouldn’t care about you either.
    Might as well trust the pope, obama, and bin ladin.

  23. evan says: Oct 30, 2009 1:07 PM

    If Eddie D buys the team look for Shanahan or Holmgren there as Eddie will give them keys to the castle.

  24. jocko says: Oct 30, 2009 9:05 PM

    Let see if the fans understand the Commissioner. He said Rush Limbaugh isn’t fit to own a NFL team because of the image problem he brings with him, but Eddie D. who is a convicted Felon will fit right in with the other owners. Nice job Commissioner. It all makes a lot of sense. Has anyone ask the Commissioner if he would allow Eddie D. to return to the NFL, and if so, why? PFT ask Roger their position on Eddie D. The answer would be interesting to read.

  25. Devils Advocate says: Nov 1, 2009 11:12 AM

    sorry – been away for a couple of days
    footballrulz says:
    October 30, 2009 10:29 AM
    Devil’s Advocate–That would be Star Trek
    We have a winner !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    close enough, exact answer would be:
    Star Trek; Deep Space Nine
    thanks for playing PFT Trivia

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