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BALTIMORE'S RAMS OFFER IS FOR A LIMITED TIME
Published September 26, 1994
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).