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  • BALTIMORE'S RAMS OFFER IS FOR A LIMITED TIME

         Baltimore's "lucrative offer" to lure the Rams remains
    intact, "but it's apparently a limited-time offer."  Mark
    Wasserman, secretary of MD's Department of Economic and
    Employment Development, said Gov. William Donald Schaefer's
    message to Rams President John Shaw was, "Don't leave us on the
    hook forever."  Wasserman said Schaefer "wanted some sense for
    how this process will play out, and Mr. Shaw indicated rather
    clearly that he hoped to arrive at some sort of decision within
    4-6 weeks."  Sources in St. Louis "aren't sure if Shaw will
    decide that quickly, but nonetheless expect a decision before
    Thanksgiving" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/25).  On
    NBC's "NFL Live," Jim Gray featured the courting of the Rams.
    Gray noted the St. Louis offer is the most "solid," but Baltimore
    is "clearly the leader."  Gray noted that last week Orioles Owner
    Peter Angelos sought "advice" from Raiders Owner Al Davis on
    moving franchises and decided "litigation now would simply be an
    inconvenience."  Angelos also said that while Redskins owner Jack
    Kent Cooke "might not like it ... I'm convinced legally he can't
    stop it" (NBC, 9/25).
         ST. LOUIS UPDATE:  FANS Inc., the local group trying to lure
    the Rams, "is putting the final touches on a seat-licensing
    program that probably will be instituted to coincide with any
    Rams announcement that they are moving here" (Jim Thomas, ST.
    LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/24).  In a related development, FANS Inc.
    is suing Fran Murray, one of the founders of the partnership that
    was formed to head up St. Louis' bid for NFL expansion.  The suit
    asks the court to declare that Murray owns no stock in the St.
    Louis NFL Corp. and has no ownership interest in the corporation
    and that he has no "existing right to acquire any such stock."
    FANS is prepared to protect the Rams from any potential Murray
    lawsuits.  "The Rams have indicated to FANS that this  would
    satisfy their concerns" (POST-DISPATCH, 9/24).
         DOME-WARD BOUND:  St. Louis' 70,000 seat stadium/ convention
    center addition is 43% complete.  The completion date remains
    October 25, 1995.  FANS Inc. "has let it be known that perhaps
    the stadium  could be completed ahead of schedule -- say in
    August -- meaning the Rams could play the entire 1995 regular
    season in the dome if they moved here" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS
    POST-DISPATCH, 9/24).
         HARTFORD:  CT Gov. Lowell Weicker is not optimistic about
    the Rams moving to Hartford (AP/Baltimore SUN, 9/25).
    

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  • FOR PADRES, MOORES IS BETTER

         Software millionaire John Moores has "agreed in principle"
    to buy the Padres, according to a source familiar with the
    negotiations.  "But the final transaction may not occur for weeks
    or months because of baseball's uncertain future."  The source
    indicated that dollar figures are "being attached to each
    contingency" of baseball's uncertain future:  whether there will
    be revenue-sharing, if the antitrust exemption is lifted, if the
    '95 season will start on time, or if other MLB owners wait until
    a new labor agreement is signed before approving the sale.  In
    any event, the current Padres ownership is expected to receive
    less than the $75M they paid for the team in '90.  To be
    determined is how much of the team's '94 debt will assumed by
    Moores.  One Padres insider said the team is expected to lose
    $11M.  Moores has been silent since his name has been floated as
    a potential suitor, "perhaps in deference to Padres owners, who
    were angered by the public posturing of previous suitor Norton
    Herrick."  Herrick now heads the ownership group for Orlando's
    expansion bid.  Former Orioles President Larry Lucchino is
    expected to oversee baseball operations for Moores, receiving
    equity in the team for his effort (Buster Olney, San Diego UNION-
    TRIBUNE, 9/24).
    

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  • OAKLAND MAKING A NEW PITCH TO AL DAVIS

         The chief negotiator for the Oakland-Alameda County
    Coliseum, Ed De Silva, is working out the "final details of an
    offer" to Raiders Owner Al Davis that includes major stadium
    renovations and a commitment by the football team to return to
    Oakland for at least 15 years.  De Silva said the new offer --
    "which could be brought to the Coliseum board of directors as
    early as next month" -- involves the sale of bonds by the city of
    Oakland and Alameda County to finance stadium reconstruction.
    The Oakland proposal calls for city and county construction bonds
    to be paid off with football revenues.  De Silva "declined to
    discuss specifics of revenue-sharing or stadium renovations,
    saying details are still being worked out."  The renovations
    would be similar to those proposed during Oakland's '90 attempt
    to lure back the Raiders.  "One major difference" from the '90
    offer is that the Raiders would not be guaranteed income.  Any
    offer to the Raiders would first need the approval of the
    Coliseum board, the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County
    Board of Supervisors (Judy Ronningen, S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/23).
    

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