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THE NFL DOMINO EFFECT: SEVERAL TEAMS WAIT FOR RAMS FALLOUT
Published March 20, 1995
Several NFL teams await the league's decision on the Rams to decide their own future. In Cincinnati, Bengals President Mike Brown reiterated his teams need for a new facility, but stressed he has no desire to move. However, an NFL spokesperson said the league's top priority is putting teams in St. Louis and L.A. as early as '96. And if NFL owners "can find another team to move to Los Angeles, the league probably would approve the Rams move." A source close to the NFL said one option considered by the owners in Phoenix is to build a stadium at Hollywood Park to be shared by the Raiders and either the Bengals or the Browns. But the Bengals' Brown said it "sounds like some imaginations are running wild." Brown: "No one has brought these plans up to me. No, the league can't make you move. It can only bar you. ... We need a new stadium to compete, or we will have to look at other options" (Green & Hobson, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/18). One "possible scenario" has the Bengals moving to St. Louis if the Rams remain in Anaheim (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 3/19). In Cleveland, Browns Owner Art Modell said his team had a stronger case to move under the NFL relocation guidelines than the Rams. Modell said his team will not play in Cleveland Stadium when the lease runs out in '98, "unless there is a major overhaul under way." Modell: "It's not a threat. It's simply a matter of fact." If the stadium issue is not resolved, Modell said he would consider selling the team to a buyer who might move the club (Tony Grossi, Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 3/17).