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RAMS' SHAW PLAYS ALL HIS CARDS -- BOOSTERS MEET FRONTIERE
Published December 13, 1994
In an apparent contradiction, Rams President John Shaw said the team is "closer than ever" to signing a lease to play in St. Louis, but that "does not mean the team is ready to bolt from Orange County." Shaw said Monday most details for a move "are in place," including selling a stake of the team to MO-based businessman Stan Kroenke, but that any move would signal the beginning to a long process. Shaw mentioned possible litigation after the team goes to the league for approval that would seek to force the team to stay in Southern CA. To avoid that, Shaw said he is keeping open the option of signing a short-term deal to stay in Anaheim and wait to see if the league comes through on its proposal to build a football-only stadium in the area. County help in building a stadium remains highly unlikely, as the bankruptcy of Orange County has led to their inability to issue bonds for a new facility (Mouchard & Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 12/13). PLEASE STAY: Frank Bryant, President of the Rams Booster Club, met with Shaw and team owner Georgia Frontiere to discuss keeping the team in the L.A. area. Bryant: "When I left, I was no happier about our chances of being able to keep the team." Frontiere told the group she needs to increase her income, and Shaw reiterated the team had "written" financial guarantees from St. Louis, something they don't have locally (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 12/13).