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FRONTIERE AND RAMS TAKE CASE TO NFL
Published February 17, 1995
Rams Owner Georgia Frontiere took her case for moving the team to St. Louis to fellow NFL owners yesterday in Dallas. The league will now study the proposal before Commissioner Paul Tagliabue makes a recommendation on whether to approve or reject the move before the league's spring meeting in March. During a "privileged" conference with team owners, Tagliabue said the issue of a relocation fee and the Rams plans for revenue they will receive from PSL's "was discussed, but not in detail." He declined to say if the league would ask for such a fee, or how much it would be. The Rams have stated they shouldn't have to pay a relocation fee (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 2/17). NOT A SLAM DUNK: League sources "indicated several owners are not yet convinced the Rams have met the league's criteria for relocation." One NFL source: "This is not a slam dunk by any means" (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 2/17). ESPN's Chris Mortenson reported last night that the league is "most concerned" about the Rams' failure to negotiate "in good faith" with parties in Southern CA to remain in the area. Save the Rams, a Southern CA civic group, has been given 30 days by the league "to document it's promise to build a new stadium for the Rams." Mortenson says if Save the Rams is successful in proving their claims, the Rams move "won't be rubber stamped, and will spark serious debate" at the owners meeting in March ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 2/16). If the Rams pay a large moving fee, "they'll get the votes next month," according to Bernie Miklasz. Miklasz says the reason for the "foot-dragging" in the move is that the NFL is "a cartel, run by a control-freak commissioner" (ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 2/17).