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SAVE THE RAMS PUTS FIGHT INTO "OVERDRIVE" TO KEEP TEAM
Published January 18, 1995
Save the Rams, the civic group trying to keep the Rams in Southern CA, said yesterday that they intend to lobby team owners in an attempt to garner the eight "no" votes necessary to block a Rams move. Their "two-pronged attack" includes lobbying NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue with a presentation outlining an offer to the Rams that "could be worth" $22M in annual profits to the team. The presentation would also include appearances by politicians and "impressive people" will to "buy all or part" of the team. Another part of the plan is to show the league owners that the team made "a series of deliberate moves to undercut their fan base" (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/18). Steinberg hinted he could "stop" the move through Frontiere's "lack of desire to go through litigation": "Georgia is no Al Davis. She's not going to go through all that" (Mike DiGiovanna, L.A. TIMES, 1/18). Rams President John Shaw called any attempt to stop the team's move "a longshot" (Andre Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/18).