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RAMS UPDATE: OWNERS LEERY OF COURT, $40M MAY BE ENOUGH

     As the NFL owners prepare to meet in Dallas this week,
rumors persist about the future of football in the L.A. market.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen on the Rams move: "I think this move is
going to get approved, if not this week, sometime in the next
month" ("Sunday Sportsday," ESPN, 4/9).  In Boston, Will
McDonough reports, "There is some feeling among owners that they
would be better off to let the Rams move rather than battle it
out in court over the next 2-3 years."  McDonough adds that Rams
Owner Georgia Frontiere "is so disliked in Anaheim that there is
no way she could stay there and be successful" (BOSTON GLOBE,
4/9).  In Baltimore, Vito Stellino reports that NFL Commissioner
Paul Tagliabue originally wanted $70M-$80M from the Rams, but
"now has to decide whether to recommend the owners take the $40
million or spend a lot of time on the witness stand."   Stellino
adds that Tagliabue "would have a difficult time in court
defending the league's so-called moving guidelines, which are now
in tatters" (Baltimore SUN, 4/9).
     RAIDER RUMORS: McDonough also reports that "rumors persist
that Al Davis will take the Raiders back to Oakland."  McDonough
writes that Davis "feels he is at a dead end" in L.A. and that
"the city is not going to live up to the promises it made him,"
while Oakland is putting together a financial package "it hopes
will bring the team back" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/9).
     LEGAL FIGHT IN BALTIMORE:  Maryland Stadium Authority Chair
John Moag "is moving ahead" with plans to sue the league for
illegally trying to keep a team from moving to Baltimore.
Stellino reports that former NFLPA Lawyer Jim Quinn feels that
"Baltimore probably has a better case in court than St. Louis
does" (Baltimore SUN, 4/9).
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