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THE DAY AFTER II: WITHER ANAHEIM?
Published January 19, 1995
"In a time when the meek inherit the league, Anaheim officials are wondering where they fit into this new world of pro football," writes Barbara Kingsley in this morning's ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. If the Rams' move receives NFL approval, negotiations with other football teams, and even the Angels, are going to be more difficult. Anaheim City Manager Jim Ruth: "These people in St. Louis going out and promising the Rams the world did not help me in my negotiations with (Angels Owner) Jackie Autry." Robert Baade, an economics professor at Lake Forest (IL) College who has studied the economic impact of pro teams on cities, says if the Rams can leave Anaheim, the second- biggest market in the country, "any team could leave." Baade believes teams will put more and more financial demands on their cities in order to stay: "This move is putting the fear of god into a lot of cities" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/19). NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has set up a special meeting of NFL owners for February 16 in Dallas to discuss the Rams relocation, and review all aspects of the move (Mult., 1/19). CLARIFICATION: Yesterday's interview with Michele Himmelberg of the ORGANGE COUNTY REGISTER should have stated that it is getting too hard for a city of Anaheim's size to stay in the professional sports market.