SBD/8/Leagues Governing Bodies

RELOCATION AT THE TOP OF CFL GOVERNORS' AGENDA

     CFL owners "hope to find a home for the displaced Las Vegas
Posse during a two-day board of governors meeting in Baltimore
starting today."  CFL governors will also "address potential
moves by franchises in Sacramento, Hamilton and Calgary."  While
Las Vegas "appears the most pressing item here," Calgary might be
the "most vexing."  Calgary owner Larry Ryckman has "threatened
to move what perhaps is the league's marquee franchise out of
Calgary if he does not receive major concessions on the
Stampeders' lease at McMahon Stadium."  Ryckman has set a
December 17 deadline for rent relief.  If that does not occur,
his most likely target city is San Antonio.  Last week, Ryckman
met with San Antonio Mayor Nelson Wolff about putting the team in
the Alamodome.  But in recent weeks, Ryckman has discussed moving
the team to Hartford -- closer to the home of star Doug Flutie.
Baltimore owner Jim Speros believes Ryckman will stay in Calgary
(Ken Murray, Baltimore SUN, 12/8).
     OTHER ISSUES:  If the Posse can be moved, they are most
likely headed for Birmingham, AL.  In Hamilton, the Tiger-Cats
have until December 23 to meet a league mandate of 12,500 season
tickets and $1M in corporate sponsorship.  The team reportedly
has sold 9,000 tickets and gotten $700,000 in sponsorships.  In
Sacramento, Gold Miners owner Fred Anderson is attempting to move
the team to Oakland.  If that is unsuccessful, he will likely
move the team to L.A.  The governors will also discuss two
potential TV contracts with U.S. networks and negotiations on
expired Canadian contracts with CBC and TSN (Baltimore SUN,
12/8).
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