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Published September 27, 1994
SAN ANTONIO: Local businessman Tom Herring "apparently will have the first chance" at owning a CFL franchise. Calgary Stampeders owner Larry Ryckman said yesterday he will allow Herring to choose whether he wants a team at the Alamodome before making his decision on where the Stampeders play next season. Herring plans to meet with league officials in early October about his possible ownership group. Herring has not decided whether to pursue a team for next season or wait for '96. Ryckman said the league "has heard from other potential owners should Herring not push to have a team in San Antonio next season." Franchises in Las Vegas and Hamilton could be relocation targets "if an expansion team doesn't materialize." Cost of a CFL expansion franchise is $6M, with a $6M line of credit to cover operating costs during the first season. There is also a one-time $100,000 application fee (Tim Griffin, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 9/22). BALTIMORE: In Washington, Christine Brennan writes that the city has "thoroughly embraced" the CFL. Attendance for Baltimore's five home games: DATE VISITOR ATTENDANCE July 16 Calgary 39,247 July 23 Shreveport 31,172 August 10 Hamilton 37,231 August 20 Toronto 41,155 September 10 Sacramento 42,116