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SAVE THE RAMS MAY GET COAL IN THEIR STOCKING
Published December 23, 1994
Save the Rams, the local group trying to keep the team in the L.A. area, held a press conference yesterday at which Co- Chair Leigh Steinberg admitted, "It has become abundantly clear to us in recent weeks that the Rams plan to make a move to St. Louis." The group announced "Phase II" of their strategy: They plan to meet the other 29 NFL owners, plus NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and representatives of Fox, to discuss their offer to the Rams and try to gather up the eight votes they would need to block the team's move to St. Louis. The booster group will explain their offer, which includes a list of companies that might build a $200M football stadium in bankrupt Orange County and names of people "willing to invest" in the team. Save the Rams will also ask CA political leaders to help, and a spokesperson for Gov. Pete Wilson said the governor -- who received a $20,000 contribution from Rams Owner Georgia Frontiere in his '94 re-election -- is working "behind the scenes" to keep the team in CA (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 12/23). Rams President John Shaw could not be reached for comment, but sources close to negotiations said a Rams agreement with St. Louis will not be done before January (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/22).