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SUITORS FROM ST. LOUIS & L.A. TO MEET WITH RAMS THIS WEEK
Published October 11, 1994
Rams President John Shaw met with Save the Rams co-chair Leigh Steinberg for more than three hours on Monday to discuss an offer to keep the team from leaving Orange County. Steinberg had complained that unlike St. Louis, Save the Rams had not "received a 'wish list' from" Shaw. Steinberg: "No one has given us a specific game plan for what it would take to keep the Rams. ...That was the point we made today." The groups proposal calls for $60M-$70M in renovations at Anaheim Stadium, guarantees luxury-box and season ticket sales and construction of a new practice facility. It would also convert Anaheim Stadium to a football-only facility and plan a new home for the Angels. Shaw is expected to meet with FANS, Inc. of St. Louis later this week (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/11). Save the Rams leaders are concerned their offer is "being viewed by the Rams as a way to drive up" the bid from St. Louis. If the Rams don't make a counterproposal, Steinberg said he will ask Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to get involved (Mouchard & Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 10/8). WHATEVER IT TAKES? In Baltimore, Vito Stellino writes that "St. Louis is expected to give Shaw everything he asks for on his wish list, including paying off $30M in bonds on Anaheim Stadium." Shaw reportedly also likes the "low-profile approach" of Stan Kroenke, a key "money man" behind FANS Inc., who is not expected to demand majority control of the team the way Peter Angelos is (Baltimore SUN, 10/9).