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TAGLIABUE SETS EMERGENCY OWNERS MEETING FOR RAMS MOVE
Published March 30, 1995
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has called for a special meeting of team owners for April 12 in Dallas to re-examine the Rams proposed move to St. Louis. This comes amid reports that Tagliabue and Rams President John Shaw are closer to a settlement that would allow the team to move to St. Louis for the '95 season (Mult., 3/30). THEY CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW THE RAMS ARE GONE: If the league approves the move, it will clear the "muddied future" of certain teams, including the Bengals, and put the NFL in "position to court the Bengals, or any other team dissatisfied with its stadium, to fill the vacancy in Southern California." Yesterday, Bengals President & GM Mike Brown wouldn't rule out a move to CA, "although he maintained his preference is staying." Brown said if the Rams do move, "there will be teams who'll take a look at moving there." NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello said the Bengals are not part of the emergency meeting: "That's a story for a different day. Things are focused purely on the Rams" (Geoff Hobson, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/30). In Cleveland, Browns Owner Art Modell, also in pursuit of a new facility for his team, said if the city of Cleveland will not help fund a new stadium in six months he will pursue other options. If the Rams move, Modell's "new home could be Anaheim" (Gordon Forbes, USA TODAY, 3/30).