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Billionaire and NFL team owner Malcolm Glazer dies at 85

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Malcolm Glazer, the self-made billionaire who owned English soccer's Manchester United and the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has died. He was 85.

The Bucs said Glazer died Wednesday.

The reclusive Palm Beach businessman had been in failing health since April 2006 when a pair of strokes left him with impaired speech and limited mobility in his right arm and leg.

Glazer raised his profile in 2005 with a $1.47 billion takeover of Manchester United that was bitterly opposed by fans of one of the world's richest soccer clubs. Before that, his unobtrusive management style helped transform the Bucs from a laughingstock into a model franchise that in 2003 won the Super Bowl 48-21 over the Oakland Raiders.

Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Rochester, New York, the son of a watch-parts salesman, Glazer began working for the family business when he was 8 and took over the operation as a teenager when his father died in 1943.

As president and CEO of First Allied Corp., the holding company for the family business interests, he invested in mobile-home parks, restaurants, food service equipment, marine protein, television stations, real estate, natural gas and oil production and other ventures. In March 2010, Forbes ranked him as tied for the world's 400th richest person, estimating his net worth at $2.4 billion. The magazine's separate ranking of Americans put him and his family at 139th in fall 2008.

He purchased the Bucs for a then-NFL record $192 million in 1995, taking over one of the worst-run and least successful franchises in professional sports. And while Glazer once said he probably overpaid by $50 million, the value of the team has more than quadrupled since he assumed control.

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garyl6988 May 28 2014 at 4:36 PM

May he rest in peace. He and his family deserve support in this moment of grieving.

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JC May 28 2014 at 5:20 PM

RIP Mr. Glazer. As a Saints fan, I look forward to many more heated battles on the field with your team.

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artiechich JC May 28 2014 at 5:47 PM

He brought the BUCS out of the depth of futility and made them a team of respectibility for which we Bucs fans should respect him for. Like George Steinbrenner who was hated and much respected and loved, that's how these men operate and you have to respect tthem for what they bring to a city, a team to Love & Hate at the same time.They were not like that Greedy, Walter O'Malley who took the most loved Baseball team of all time from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and brought tears to all the eyes of all
Brooklyn Dodger Fans..May Malcom Rest in Peace, Amen... ARTIE "CHICH"

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James artiechich May 28 2014 at 10:24 PM

Well said!

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Daniel McShutty May 28 2014 at 5:58 PM

For rescuing Tampa from the despair of Hugh Culverhouse's decades of torture, we should rename the team after him. The city was so wrong about him and his sons. I thank you for your deliverance, and hope your loving sons continue to stick together and build on the legacy of their father!

Adios, Malcolm..well done!!

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douceetpops Daniel McShutty May 28 2014 at 6:13 PM

who is maya anjelou? another bleeding heart liberal. Glad she's gone

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James Zucco May 28 2014 at 6:15 PM


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itsbeyondme May 28 2014 at 5:45 PM

It's a shame he died and everything, but how is this possibly higher on the news feed than the death of Maya Angelou???

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James itsbeyondme May 28 2014 at 10:20 PM

It's a news report from a sports aspect. What does the great Maya Angelou have to do with sports?
Did she own a sports team that I'm unaware of?

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steverosssmith itsbeyondme May 29 2014 at 9:56 AM

Are you freakin serious ??

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joemaiz May 28 2014 at 4:45 PM

Donald Sterling trying to hide from his racist remarks forgets the NBA is not a government organization. It is a private one and have to adhere to THEIR rules and not his interpretation of them!!!

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ak841 joemaiz May 28 2014 at 8:44 PM

Yes, and forgot there is no such thing like freedom of speech unless your black

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Spurrti ak841 May 28 2014 at 11:12 PM

Oh you have freedom of speech. Just don't forget that speaking out may have consequences whether you are black or white or just an idiot.

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bbowens8 ak841 May 29 2014 at 2:10 AM

There is no freedom of speech for bigots like you, so hide on your computer, you big coward you don't deserve freedom of speech.

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jmccomb38 joemaiz May 29 2014 at 12:47 AM

tell me the racist remarks you heard him say on the tape.

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Mr. Reporter May 28 2014 at 8:00 PM

The guy had a fantastic smile...that says something to me

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joab appliance May 28 2014 at 7:17 PM

Death doesnt give abeep how rich you are...

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Pinot Man May 28 2014 at 6:11 PM


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eee10977 May 29 2014 at 2:13 AM

what donald sterling said was behind closed doors and was supposed to stay behind closed doors.He was taped illegally

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