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EAGLETON MEETS THE PRESS; SEAT COLORS HOLDING UP DEAL?
Published December 6, 1994
FANS Inc. spokesperson Tom Eagleton held a press conference yesterday to refute TV reports that a deal to move the Rams to St. Louis was complete. Eagleton said the reports on ESPN and Fox were "just wrong. I would not be able to lie about this if it was really done" (Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/6). Eagleton remained confident a deal would get done, but isn't counting out Anaheim. Eagleton: "I have some real fear that they could decide that Anaheim, with all of its faults, is still a better home for them" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/6). HANGUPS: Eagleton reported on issues holding up a deal. First, the Rams are asking for a guaranteed ticket sales of 55,000 at the 70,000-seat St. Louis domed stadium. Eagleton said FANS will continue to say no to that request. Another snag in negotiations is the color of seats in the new stadium. Eagleton said the Rams "requested that we consider changing the seat colors to Rams colors." Eagleton is unsure whether they will meet that request (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/6) MONEY PROBLEMS IN ORANGE COUNTY: ESPN's Keith Olbermann noted that "the bid to save the Rams took another hit" when Orange County Treasurer Bob Citron resigned after an investment fund he was managing for Anaheim and 37 other cities took "an on- paper loss of $1.5 billion dollars." This "could hinder any bond proposal by the city or the county to build the Rams a new stadium" ("SportsCenter," 12/5). Officials in Anaheim said it "was too early to gauge the effects" of the $1.5B loss. Save the Rams, the Anaheim group trying to keep the team in Orange County, had planned to use county bonds to renovate Anaheim Stadium, and City Manager Jim Ruth said the city's involvement with the funds "should not affect its plans to build a new baseball stadium" (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 12/6).