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SAVE THE RAMS PUTS FIGHT INTO "OVERDRIVE" TO KEEP TEAM

     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).
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