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SAVE THE RAMS MEETS WITH NFL OFFICIAL TO STATE THEIR CASE

     Save the Rams, the civic group trying to keep the Rams in
Southern CA, met with NFL VP of Business Development Roger
Goodell to outline their offer to the Rams.  Save the Rams
leaders stated their offer is at "least equal to the relocation
agreement the Rams signed in St. Louis, and claimed the team
"deliberately alienated fans the past few years to meet NFL
guidelines for a transfer."  The group did not provide the NFL
with identities of potential stadium investors and team buyers,
although the group's financial adviser, Wayne Wedin, said an
announcement would be made this week.  The ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
is reporting that two Orange County businessman are interested in
the club:  George Argyros, former owner of the Mariners, and
William Foley III, a real estate and fast food investor.  Save
the Rams has asked permission from the league to make a formal
presentation on their offer to keep the team to all 30 NFL owners
at the league meetings in March.  Wedin expressed confidence such
a request would be granted:  "We were told there is precedent for
that happening" (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER,
2/7).
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