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ST. LOUIS, BALTIMORE DEAL WITH TAGLIABUE'S CURVE- BALL

     In St. Louis, County Exec George "Buzz" Westfall said "he
had heard little about" the report of an NFL-backed stadium in
L.A., but the NFL's announcement "appeared to be a setback to
efforts to bring the Rams here."  Westfall:  "We'll go ahead and
complete our proposal for the Rams.  Unless they tell us there's
no longer any need to talk to them, we'll pursue them and keep
our fingers crossed."  On the "propriety" of the NFL helping
build a stadium in L.A., Westfall declined comment:  "I don't
want to make Tagliabue mad" (Mark Schlinkman, ST. LOUIS POST-
DISPATCH, 10/3).
     TIMETABLE:  The Rams were suppossed to make a decision on
whether they are leaving Anaheim by Thanksgiving.  FANS Inc. will
"not present its formal proposal to the Rams on Wednesday as
originally planned," but rather will do so around October 12.
FANS spokesperson Thomas Eagleton:  "It's absolutely guaranteed
to be ready."  Eagleton did confirm that FANS will not institute
a premium seat-licensing program before the Rams announce their
intentions (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 10/1).
     BALTIMORE:  Jon Morgan examined Baltimore's chance to land
the Rams in Sunday's Baltimore SUN -- before the L.A. stadium
report.  Morgan reports that "several sources who have spoken
with Rams officials say that while Baltimore ... remains in the
running, St. Louis has advanced significantly in recent weeks"
(Baltimore SUN, 10/2).  Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke to NBC's
Jim Gray off-camera:  "I might not be alive if a team moves to
Baltimore, and if I'm dead, I won't care" (Rudy Martzke, USA
TODAY, 10/3).
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