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RAMS UPDATE: OWNERS LEERY OF COURT, $40M MAY BE ENOUGH
Published April 10, 1995
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).