Is Buccaneers boss-to-be Malcolm Glazer selling assets to raise bucks to finance his purchase of Tampa Bay's football team?
Recently, Glazer sold a 31 percent stake in packaging maker Envirodyne Industries for $16.5-million. Oddly enough, the buyer was a subsidiary of Zapata Corp., which is owned mainly by Glazer.
The stock sale comes as Glazer is working to complete his $192-million purchase of the team. He isn't saying whether he needs the money to complete the Bucs purchase _ at least not publicly.
Neither the usually quiet Glazer nor members of his family could be reached for comment. Buccaneers officials said they couldn't comment on the deal and said the Glazers had nothing to say until they complete their purchase of the team.
_ ROBERT KEEFE
No rush on this
Walt Disney Co. has been on a building binge at Walt Disney World ever since it opened almost 24 years ago.
There's been so much construction that one member of the media caught Disney executives by surprise at a news conference last week by asking what happened to the few projects proposed that were never built.
Most notable was a long-talked-about Russian showcase at Epcot Center. It would have joined nine other world pavilions that surround a lake there.
Disney officials thought they had something going when Mikhail Gorbachev was running the Soviet Union. But the breakup of the Soviet Union, along with the economic and political instability that followed, shelved the project indefinitely.
"We did build a fabulous model of the Russian showcase," said Disney chairman Michael Eisner. "But I don't think you'll see one at Epcot before the turn of the millennium."
_ MARK ALBRIGHT