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FRESH OFF MEMPHIS ENTREE, CFL LOOKS TO HARTFORD

     CFL Commissioner Larry Smith said he has talked with
prospective owners in Hartford, CT, and "hopes the city will be
part of the league's expansion plans."  Sources indicate that two
CT groups are interested in competiting for a team, but "their
bids might be contingent on the building of a stadium in
Hartford."  Smith said a team in Hartford could start up as early
as '96-97 if plans to build a stadium were initiated within the
next year" (Greg Garber, HARTFORD COURANT, 11/19).  Last week,
Baltimore's CFL owner Jim Speros met with CT entrepreneur Bill
Berkley about a  Hartford team.  Speros envisions a U.S. divison:
Baltimore, Memphis, Oakland, San Antonio, Orlando, Birmingham,
Hartford, and Shreveport (Ken Murray, Baltimore SUN, 11/20).
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