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NFL NOT PLANNING TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST RAMS MOVE
Published December 16, 1994
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the NFL is not looking at legal action keep the Rams in the L.A. area. Tagliabue: "We're not angling for litigation, we're not trying to stoke any litigation." These comments come in response to Rams President John Shaw's comments that the Rams might sign a short-term lease in Anaheim "if the league tries to block a move to St. Louis." If a franchise moves, Tagliabue said he would "make an in-depth review, make a report to the ownership, and then see what their opinions are based upon whatever report I make." If the Rams make a request to move, Tagliabue said, "We will be looking very carefully at the fan support, the booster support, and all aspects of that as we approach any application the Rams make. If they make one." He did say that recent legal decisions on franchise relocation "clarified the approach the league could take on such matters" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/16). Tagliabue was asked about an NFL-backed, football-only stadium in L.A. and why the league wouldn't help other teams such as the Bucs: "The conditions in Los Angeles are unique and those are the conditions that led us to set forth the concept for league involvement of a Super Bowl-related stadium in L.A. At this juncture, I don't think those conditions exist in any other coummunity" (Vito Stellino, Baltimore SUN, 12/16).