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).
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).
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).