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RAMS MEET WITH BALTIMORE SUITORS; DECISION IN 4-6 WEEKS?
Published September 20, 1994
Two days after hearing an Orange County group's proposal to keep the team, and two days after saying he's ready to talk to St. Louis officials, Rams President John Shaw met with Orioles owner Peter Angelos and MD Gov. William Donald Schaefer "to further explore Baltimore's interest." Rams owner Georgia Frontiere did not attend the meeting. A major topic of the meeting was Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, who could try to block the move of an NFL team into Baltimore. Cooke has plans to build a stadium in Laurel, MD, about a 20-minute drive from Baltimore. Shaw revealed no details of the meeting, but said he plans to keep talking with Baltimore officials (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/20). A top Rams official told Schaefer that the Rams will probably decide if they will leave Anaheim in the next 4-6 weeks (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 9/20). Angelos and Schaefer laid out a proposal that would include a guarantee of Rams ticket sales, a new stadium to be built within the next three years, "lucrative revenues from that stadium" and $1 a year rent (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/20). ST. LOUIS: Shaw said he expects to hear from St. Louis officials within the next few days (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/20). In St. Louis, Tom Wheatley interviews beer distributor Jerry Clinton, who just recently sold his 30% stake in the domed stadium's lease to FANS Inc. Clinton: "I believe in football here, but not at any cost. If we get a deal, I hope it's palatable to the fans, the box holders, the media, everyone." He is "strongly opposed" to a FANS Inc.'s suggestion that fans pay a license fee to buy season tickets (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/20).