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ST. LOUIS, BALTIMORE HUSTLE IN AS ANAHEIM SWEETENS DEAL
Published September 19, 1994
Rams Exec VP John Shaw met with "Save the Rams," a group trying to keep the Rams in Anaheim. He and Rams owner Georgia Frontiere was also expected to dine with MD Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Orioles owner Peter Angelos last night. And in St. Louis, Rams representatives have been on the phone with FANS point man, former Sen. Tom Eagleton. "Save the Rams" was expected to present Shaw with an offer to buy the team, "although the Rams have indicated that they are not interested in an outright purchase." The group was also expected to present more details on guarantees of ticket sales and premium seat sales. FANS Inc. just purchased the 30% share of the stadium lease in St. Louis from beer distributor Jerry Clinton. Shaw, in a statement: "Our lawyers have been advised by Sen. Eagleton that the St. Louis stadium lease issues have been resolved. If that is the case the Rams are prepared to commence discussions" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/17). ANAHEIM: "Save the Rams" presented a package assuring revenues between $15-20M. The new plan also includes "all- important season ticket and luxury box guarantees similar to ones being offered by other cities wooing the team." They promised the Rams sales of 45,000 season tickets and income from "roughly" 100 luxury boxes --mostly from the Orange County business community. The group also boosted the renovation package for Anaheim Stadium from the $40M offered last month to $60-70M. The package more than doubles the budget for a proposed "state-of- the-art training facility" and corporate HQs in Orange County (L.A. TIMES, 9/17). ST. LOUIS: Now that the stadium lease has been finalized, look for a task force of area political, civic and business leaders to be named within a week, as FANS tries to "broaden the input it gets in formulating the Rams proposal" (Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/17). The St. Louis group is considering selling the naming rights to the stadium and requiring fans to buy seat licenses before they can buy season tickets (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 9/17).