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BUCS II: NFL OWNERS SPEAK OUT ON ANGELOS' INVOLVEMENT
Published January 5, 1995
This morning's Baltimore SUN reports that Orioles Owner Peter Angelos is "close to tendering an official bid" for the Buccaneers, "something that could happen in the next few days" (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 1/5). But an "informal" survey of several NFL owners by the Baltimore SUN's Vito Stellino found mixed sentiment about a possible Bucs move to Baltimore. The Cowboys' Jerry Jones: "I'm very interested in getting people such as Mr. Angelos involved in the NFL. ... If you are willing to put $200M on the line, some of the things [cross-ownership] have to be altered ... If we are going to have these kinds of people involved in our future, we have to accommodate the ownership situation." Jones did note one problem with a move: "If it basically has a negative impact by the partners we presently have, that's the issue, i.e. Washington." One unidentified NFC owner: "If the commissioner walks into the room and says to us that we can sell to Angelos or go to court, that's the definition of a no-brainer, isn't it?" Bengals Owner Mike Brown: "I've believed for a long time that Baltimore should have an NFL franchise. ... I would not stand in the way." But Brown added he did have a problem with cross-ownership. The Giants' Wellington Mara admitted he didn't know much about Angelos: "But one thing we don't need in our league is a new member who wants to come in and change all our rules and not abide by them" (Vito Stellino, Baltimore SUN, 1/5).