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Published October 3, 1994
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).