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SBD/8/Leagues Governing Bodies
RELOCATION AT THE TOP OF CFL GOVERNORS' AGENDA
Published December 8, 1994
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).