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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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