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ANIMOSITY RUNNING HIGH IN THE CFL - IS SHREVEPORT OUT?

     Some CFL owners want the Shreveport Pirates to move out of
LA and into a larger market in the U.S.  One CFL owner said,
"Let's get realistic about Shreveport.  Shreveport is a bush-
league city that no one has ever heard of or cares to visit, and
we've discovered that in (the Pirates') first season of operation
that they do nothing to enhance the CFL's image."  There has been
pressure on the Glieberman family to move their team into a
larger market, but they "have no intention" of moving out of
Shreveport.  In Baltimore, the most successful CFL franchise,
club officials are angered by the lack of help from the league
office.  Baltimore VP Tom Matte: "The league, and I've got to
word this carefully, doesn't help.  They don't do anything. ...
If they want to make franchises a success, you have to have
guidelines for game-day operations and everything.  They do have
some guidelines, but they're so general it's crap. Total crap"
(Marty York, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/8).
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