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REDSKINS BUY TIME ON APPEAL; ARE NEW PLANS IN THE WORKS?
Published November 17, 1994
"After checking out the lineup of politicians who prevailed on Election Day, the Redskins have called timeout" and asked to delay their appeal of Anne Arundel County's rejection of their proposed new stadium (Beyers & Blum, WASHINGTON POST, 11/17). Redskins attorney Harry Blumenthal made the request, saying the team needs more time to complete studies of the proposed facility. The team hoped to bypass the appeals process and report directly to the Anne Arundel County Council. But a Baltimore SUN post-election survey shows that four of the seven councilmembers would not vote to bypass the appeals process, thereby killing any hopes for a quick end to the process and a change in county zoning laws. The team also can't look to the governor's office for help, as MD's Governor-elect, Parris Glendening, vowed yesterday to fight a stadium in Laurel (Richards & Rivera, Baltimore SUN, 11/17). The Redskins' delay also heightened speculation that the team wants to try and lobby the new MD legislature for help with the Laurel site -- or that they are looking at others areas in MD, VA or DC (Matt Neufield, WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/17).