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OWNERS QUIET ON RAMS MOVE DURING SUPER BOWL WEEK

     A random "straw poll" taken during Super Bowl week in Miami
showed most NFL owners reluctant to take a position on the Rams
move to St. Louis.  "A handful refused to respond.  A majority
declined to comment saying they wanted to wait" for Commissioner
Paul Tagliabue's report.  The "most promising statement for Rams
fans" came from the Cowboys' Jerry Jones.  Jones: "When I'm
looking at Los Angeles I'm saying where are our two teams?  Yes,
two.  Los Angeles is huge for the NFL, huge.  I am very
sympathetic to the Rams' position and their circumstances.  But
this will have to be one in the best interests of the league, not
just the Rams or Cowboys or any other team."  49ers President
Carmen Policy said the league is "concerned the Rams have not
done well" in L.A. and if the Rams meet the guidelines the league
has set for relocation, "the NFL will be hard-pressed not to say
yes" (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/31).  In St.
Louis this morning, the POST DISPATCH runs an extensive Q-and-A
piece for fans interested in personal seat licenses (Tim O'Neil,
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 1/31).
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