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SAVE THE RAMS PLOTS NEW STRATEGY TO KEEP TEAM
Published December 22, 1994
Save the Rams, the civic group trying to keep the Rams in the L.A. area, will hold a news conference today to announce their plans to fight the team's rumored move to St. Louis. Save the Rams believes the team is about to sign a lease with St. Louis, and will launch an "all-out lobbying assault on NFL owners and Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in an effort to secure the eight league votes necessary to block the move." Save the Rams Co- Chair Leigh Steinberg: "We're going to give a progress report on where we think the battle goes from here. This is going to be Phase Two." The group may call on CA Gov. Pete Wilson, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, and former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth to "persuade owners that Orange County can support the Rams and deliver on a package that would make them financially competitive" (Mike DiGiovanna, L.A. TIMES, 12/22). Bob Glauber of THE SPORTING NEWS writes on the implications of pro football leaving the L.A. market. Glauber calls a Rams move "bad news for the business of pro football," and noting the potential loss of the Raiders as well, he adds that "franchise stability is paramount to any sports league's success. ... Not only do you remove football from an area that has had an NFL team for nearly half a century, but you remove a product from a major population center, something that can result in a loss of significant revenue" (THE SPORTING NEWS, 12/26 issue).