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Orioles owner Peter Angelos told the WASHINGTON POST yesterday that he and MD Governor William Schaefer will meet with Rams owner Georgia Frontiere and other Rams officials this Sunday to discuss the possibilities of moving the team to Baltimore. A spokesperson for Schaefer said that while the governor's schedule does not presently include a meeting with Rams officials, the schedule has some "built-in free time" that could be filled by a visit with Rams officials. A source close to the negotiations said that the Rams' interest in moving has "warmed up considerably," with Baltimore moving to the "forefront" (Christine Brennan & Richard Tapscott, WASHINGTON POST, 9/14).
The Timberwolves' deal -- "so long in the making, seemingly completed five weeks ago -- is not done yet." The Wolves' lease at the Target Center remains a major "stumbling block." Wolves buyer Glen Taylor said his reps. were meeting with officials from the Target Center and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission in an effort to resolve key issues in negotiations for the Wolves' new 30-year arena lease. Taylor said the arena lease must be completed within 10 days to satisfy the NBA's Board of Governors, which is set to vote on his purchase of the Wolves on October 4. Taylor made optimistic comments about resolving the lease problem only 12 hours after he told members of The Dunkers, a Twin Cities breakfast group: "If we don't get a lease with the commission, we will not buy the team." The sale of the Wolves goes hand-in-hand with the sale of Target Center to the sports facilities commission; both the team and arena still are owned by Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner. The commission will buy the Target Center for $42M, using bonds issued by the Metropolitan Council and backed by the city of Minneapolis (Weiner & Hartman, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/14).