BOSTON - The Boston Globe reports that three area businessmen, including a member of the family that once owned the newspaper, have emerged as possible buyers.

The paper reported today that those who have expressed interest are Stephen Pagliuca, a private equity executive and co-owner of the NBA's Boston Celtics; Jack Connors, cofounder of a Boston advertising firm and chairman of Partners HealthCare; and Stephen Taylor, a former Globe executive whose family sold the paper to the New York Times Co. in 1993 for $1.1 billion.

The newspaper cites people knowledgable of the situation but who wish to remain anonymous.

The Globe report says the three potential bidders declined to comment about their interest, as did people with the newspaper and Times Co.