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TAKING SHOTS AT THS NFL'S L.A. STADIUM BALLOON

     In St. Louis this morning, Bernie Miklasz criticizes NFL
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's "frivolous attempt at entering the
stadium home-improvement business" and predicts that the NFL
would get "slapped with the George Halas of all antitrust suits"
if the league built a stadium for a "preferred" city such as L.A.
and blocked efforts in St. Louis and Baltimore to attract the
Rams.  Miklasz also notes that despite the NFL's "double
standard" which favors large-over medium-market cities, Rams
President John Shaw is "shrewd" enough to realize that an NFL-
sponsored stadium wouldn't be a "cure-all" for the Rams problems.
L.A.'s apathy toward the Rams is "alarming" and team officials
would miss a chance for a "sweetheart deal" in St. Louis if the
team is "stuck" in L.A. should the Raiders move first.  "The NFL
can't give [Rams Owner Georgia] Frontiere a future in L.A.  Build
the stadium, sure.  But will the NFL put the fans in the seats,
too?" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/5).             APPROVE THE
MOVE?  While many NFL owners are "less than thrilled" about a
Rams move, their "collective opinions might not count for squat."
Eight owners would have to vote to block and the Eagles' Jeff
Lurie, Cowboys' Jerry Jones, and Colts' James Irsay have all
"indicated" opposition.  But Shaw is "inclined to ignore" any
vote to block the move.  Shaw:  "I've given a lot of thought to
what our options would be."  The NFL's court record on franchise
moves "isn't strong" and Anaheim's legal options are "thin."
Leigh Steinberg, co-chair of Save the Rams, said once the NFL
sees "how committed" Southern CA is to its team, "it will
instantly change their perspective."  Steinberg favors a grass-
roots fan effort over legal action (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE
COUNTY REGISTER, 10/4).
     JUMPING THE GUN?  The ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH also reports
this morning that 12-15 sites are being considered on which to
build a $15M practice and office facility for the Rams (Jim
Thomas, POST-DISPATCH, 10/5).
     ANGELOS FRONT AND CENTER:  Orioles Owner Peter Angelos met
with Tagliabue in New York last month to "explain his interest"
in bringing a franchise to Baltimore, according to a report in
this morning's Baltimore SUN.  NFL Spokesperson Greg Aiello:  "I
wouldn't construe it to be highly unusual."  Angelos said he is
"pleased" that NFL owners' approval of a new Redskins stadium in
Laurel, MD, "doesn't preclude" a franchise in Baltimore.  But he
also noted that the MD Stadium Authority and his football
investment partners have "sufficient" resources to "cover court
costs" should a legal battle ensue (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN,
10/5).
     THE NEXT WAYNE HUIZENGA?  Thomas Boswell predicts that
either Angelos "is going to be a big man in America's games.  Or
he's going to get burned" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/5).
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