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REPORT SAYS RAMS AND TAGLIABUE AGREE ON SHARING OF PSL MONEY
Published March 29, 1995
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Rams President John Shaw reached agreement Tuesday on the "sharing of funds from a seat license campaign in St. Louis," according to Michele Himmelberg in this morning's ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. The sharing of PSL revenue was a key sticking point when owners rejected the Rams relocation to St. Louis on March 15. Shaw said they "have agreed to share those funds with some exclusions," which in turn must be negotiated with the NFLPA. Shaw also said the two sides agreed that the Rams will pay the NFL "over the life of the seat licenses," rather than up front, which the league had requested. Himmelberg reports the sides "made no progress" on the other issues preventing the move -- a payment to the Fox as a rebate for leaving the No. 2 media market, and contributions to a NFL- proposed stadium renovation fund. The two sides also extended their "standstill agreement" on legal action, as the Rams had the right to sue first if they filed by Friday. The agreement was pushed back to April 17, and Shaw said they would continue to negotiate with Tagliabue rather than "hurrying into court" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/29). ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported last night on "SportsCenter" that "most league officials and owners concede that the Rams will eventually get their way" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 3/28). HOW MUCH? Save the Rams, the civic group in the L.A. area trying to keep the team, has kicked off a membership drive to attract local fans and businesses. The group is asking for a $50 membership fee and hopes to gain over 5,000 members (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/29).