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  • RAMS BUTT HEADS WITH ST. LOUIS

         FANS point man Sen. Tom Eagleton declined to give specifics
    on the recent negotiations with the Rams to move the team to St.
    Louis, but he said "many differences" emerged between their
    proposal and Rams' wish list.  Eagleton:  "We rejected many items
    on their wish list.  And the ones we rejected will remain
    rejected."  Eagleton noted differences "amount pretty much to one
    word: money."  U.S. House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, who
    represents St. Louis, said any changes to FANS's proposal would
    likely be minor.  One source "with knowledge of the negotiations"
    said the Rams were "impressed" with the offer but wanted specific
    aspects restructured.  Eagleton added: "In all candor, more than
    once, Mr. Shaw wondered about St. Louis as a football town.  We
    tried to assure him as best we could."  Eagleton admitted that
    the Rams "believe Baltimore has greater intensity, greater
    zealotry" for football (Bernie Miklasz, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH,
    10/14).
         BALTIMORE BID BOOSTED?  Orioles Owner Peter Angelos said he
    believes Baltimore's efforts to attract the Rams will "improve
    dramatically" if the Redskins decide to build a new stadium in
    DC, rather than MD.  Angelos plans to call Shaw "very soon" to
    resume negotiations and said Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke's
    "setback" in efforts to build a stadium in Laurel, MD were "now
    reverberating throughout" the NFL.  But "one highly placed league
    source" said that even if Cooke stays in DC, some owners would be
    "concerned" about the proximity of Baltimore and DC teams.  Rams
    owner Georgia Frontiere is considered "sensitive to the wishes"
    of NFL owners and Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.  One source said
    Frontiere is "not geared toward being litigious" (Leonard
    Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 10/14).  Baltimore CFL owner Jim Speros
    told the WASHINGTON TIMES, "As long as Cooke owns the Redskins,
    there will never be an NFL team in Baltimore" (Kevin Lyons,
    WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/14).
    

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  • ROONEYS REMAIN APPREHENSIVE OF PURCHASING PIRATES

         Steelers President Dan Rooney said yesterday that the
    current labor dispute in baseball is "complicating efforts" to
    purchase the Pirates and could cause his family to withdraw from
    the bidding.  Rooney said that small-market teams such as the
    Pirates need revenue sharing and a salary cap for financial
    reasons.  Rooney contended that without such financial restraints
    it would be difficult to maintain a baseball team in Pittsburgh:
    "This deal might be so difficult, we might feel it's impossible
    to do it.  There are a lot of factors that still have to be
    worked out to make this deal attractive."  Rooney added that he
    is concerned that if the Pirates leave Pittsburgh, the city's
    image will receive "serious damage."  The Rooney family is among
    six local groups that have submitted bids for the Pirates (Steve
    Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 10/14).
    

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