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RAMS & FANS SPEND "EXCELLENT" WEEKEND TOGETHER

     A "marathon negotiating session" in St. Louis over the
weekend between the Rams and FANS, Inc., the civic group trying
to bring the team to St. Louis, resolved many issues.  FANS
spokesperson Tom Eagleton: "They were excellent meetings
involving a large number of people, representing different
elements of our proposal."  Eagleton called the lengthy sessions
the most "productive yet in the ongoing effort to lure the Rams
to St. Louis," adding that "a lot was accomplished."  Eagleton
would not comment on specifics in the negotiations, or when a
decision by the Rams was expected (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-
DISPATCH, 12/20).  In a piece called "Identity Crisis," Dan
Bickley of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES examines St. Louis' effort to
get the Rams after losing the Cardinals in '88.  The community is
"doing everything it can to regain a huge source of self-esteem"
(CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/18).
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