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MARYLAND STADIUM CHAIR SAYS 3 TEAMS INTERESTED IN BALTIMORE
Published January 25, 1995
Herbert Belgrad, Chair of the Maryland Stadium Authority, said he "has been told by prospective ownership groups seeking a team for Baltimore that they are in contact with three" NFL franchises interested in relocating to the city, according to this morning's Baltimore SUN. Belgrad, appearing before a State Senate Committee, asked the committee not to deauthorize bonds appropriated for the construction of a new NFL facility, saying there is still "serious interest in bringing a team here." Belgrad said Orioles Owner Peter Angelos is "actively engaged" with three teams that have contacted him, and attorney Robert Schulman is talking with two teams. By deauthorizing the bonding authority, Beglrad said the city "would send the wrong message" to the NFL, adding: "It would convey to our opponents that they have succeeded." Projected costs for a new stadium run close to $181M, and Belgrad said the state would pay another $10M on property acquisition, as well as a $1M "temporary modification" to Oriole Park for an NFL team to play there while a new stadium is built. Action to kill the authorizing legislation is not expected to pass (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 1/25).