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  • ANGELOS OFFERS TO BUY RAIDERS AS RAMS LOOK TO ST. LOUIS

         Orioles Owner Peter Angelos has offered to buy all or part
    of the Raiders, but Raiders Owner Al Davis appears likely to wait
    and see what happens with the Rams before making a decision.
    Angelos' offer to Davis mirrors the deal he has proposed to the
    Rams:  A group of MD-based investors headed by Angelos would
    purchase a minority stake in the team, but eventually would
    control the franchise.  Sources familiar with the Angelos-Davis
    talks describe them as far less advanced than with the Rams.
    Another source close to Davis said that he is committed to
    playing in L.A. through the season:  "Absent a new stadium
    opportunity, that guy is going to move" (Jon Morgan, Baltimore
    SUN, 11/7).
         ST. LOUIS RAMS?  In Boston, Will McDonough reports the Rams
    will petition the league "in a few weeks" to move to St. Louis
    and ask for a vote before the end of the year (BOSTON GLOBE,
    11/6).  In St. Louis, Bernie Miklasz writes the Rams are no
    longer considering Baltimore, despite recent comments by Rams
    President John Shaw to the contrary: "I believe this is Shaw's
    way of trying to keep Baltimore pumped up so he can continue to
    use Baltimore as leverage in his negotiations with St. Louis"
    (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/6).  In Atlanta, Len Pasquarelli
    writes, "Barring another monumental foul-up by St. Louis' city
    fathers, the deal is all but done" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/6).
         PRACTICE FACILITY:  Soccer aficionado Roy Fischer and the
    city of Maryland Heights, MO, have offered to build a practice
    facility for the Rams if the team agrees to move to St. Louis.
    The site would be part of a development that is planned to
    include a riverboat casino operated by Players International.
    Fischer contended that he could save the Rams $8M by building the
    Rams a practice facility: "Several people have called them with
    offers of free land.  We take a quantum leap beyond that, saying
    we'll build it" (Fred Faust, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/7).
    

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  • IHL'S IGUANAS THREATEN TO BOYCOTT UPCOMING GAMES

         Several members of the IHL's San Antonio Iguanas have
    threatened to sit out upcoming games due to a salary dispute.
    Several players have complained that Iguanas GM Jim Goodman had
    approved salary supplements above the league's salary cap for top
    players.  Iguanas Coach Bill Goldsworthy said he supported the
    players and confirmed that Goodman had promised several players
    extra money: "I believe you should have to live up to your
    promises" (SAN ANTONIO NEWS-EXPRESS, 11/7).
    

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  • SCHOTT THREATENS TO TAKE REDS TO BLUEGRASS COUNTRY

         Reds Owner Marge Schott said she met with NL President
    Leonard Coleman on Thursday and discussed the possibility of
    moving the club to another city.  Schott said she believes the
    city has made a "substantial effort" to keep the Bengals from
    relocating, but no effort to satisfy her demands for the Reds: "I
    hope I don't have to leave Cincinnati, but if I do, so be it."
    Schott would not identify possible sites for relocation, other
    than to say that nearby Northern KY is among them.  Schott said
    that Coleman was supportive during their meeting in Cincinnati
    (AP/Mult., 11/5).
         SCHOTT IN THE DARK?  In Cincinnati, Tim Sullivan writes,
    "Schott sends out more signals than a television satellite, but
    she is not too difficult to de-scramble.  Her latest threat to
    move the team is a transparent attempt to extract concessions.
    ... The Cincinnati Reds deserve a stage worthy of their
    tradition, and their prominent place in this community, and they
    can almost certainly get one if their owner starts acting
    reasonable" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/5).
    

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