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  • BENGALS A "NICE FIT" FOR BALTIMORE?

         Maryland Stadium Authority Chair John Moag says the Bengals
    would be "a nice fit" for Baltimore, and that he hopes to speak
    with Bengals President & GM Mike Brown soon.  Brown, likewise,
    said "he likes Baltimore."  Brown: "(Baltimore) has a small
    window of opportunity and I'm aware of it.  This (stadium issue)
    is coming into focus quickly.  There are going to be
    opportunities."  Moag says he wants a commitment from a team by
    this fall, before legislation for stadium funding can be "shut
    off" in next year's legislative session (Geoff Hobson, CINCINNATI
    ENQUIRER, 4/14).  Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, columnist Paul
    Daugherty writes, "Does the business community care enough to
    save the Bengals?  Does anyone?  You wonder."  Daugherty notes,
    "When Mike Brown stops seeking local solutions to his stadium
    problem, everyone will know.  There will be no changing his mind"
    (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/14).
    

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  • CELTICS HAVEN'T CLOSED DOOR ON LAWSUIT AGAINST JOURNAL

         It has been five weeks since Celtics Chair Paul Gaston
    threatened to sue the Wall Street Journal for $100M over the
    original Reggie Lewis story, and while the suit is yet to be
    filed, Celtics Exec VP Jan Volk said that the situation is
    "unchanged."  The BOSTON GLOBE's Peter May infers that means the
    team's lawyers at Boston's Hale & Dorr "are still studying
    whether it's feasible to sue the newspaper."  Volk:  "It is still
    being investigated" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/14).
    

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  • RAMS MOVE II: WEST COAST REAX -- WHO'S COMING TO TOWN?

         "Several teams could seek relocation to Orange County now,
    though the league has resolved to control such a move," according
    to the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER's Michele Himmelberg.  Any move to
    the area will involve a league decision as to whether the team is
    "healthy enough to thrive" in L.A.  NFL Commissioner Paul
    Tagliabue says after a league approval, a team may "win the right
    to move" if it pays an "appropriate franchise enhancement fee,"
    and "meets other terms."  Tagliabue says "logical candidates"
    would be "teams with stadium problems or low revenues."
    Himmelberg notes Cincinnati, Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Houston fit
    that description (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 4/14).
         MIGHTY BUCKS?  Tagliabue says he has had "several
    discussions" with Disney Sports Enterprises officials "about the
    Orange County sports market and its demographics," but the
    commissioner denied discussions were about franchise ownership
    (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 4/14).
    

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  • THE RAMS MOVE: UNDER THE ARCH -- LOTS OF LOOSE ENDS

         In St. Louis, the Rams still must decide on where to train
    and how to accommodate ticket-holders for their first few games
    that will be played at Busch Stadium, a smaller facility than the
    dome they will eventually inhabit.  Rams President John Shaw says
    the team will most likely train this summer in St. Louis, but
    that they might "eventually" choose a permanent training camp
    site outside the city.  The WI "Cheese League" could be a
    possibility, as "July and August temperatures are more moderate"
    there than in MO or IL.  The team is still looking for a site for
    its St. Louis HQs.  FANS Inc. Chair Thomas Eagleton says the team
    will be "more inclined to look at sites where the land was
    available free of charge," after an agreement last week to cap
    FANS' obligation to fund the facility at $12.5M.  The team will
    now pay the rest of the cost of a new facility, estimated at
    $19M-20M (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 4/14).
         STADIUM PROBLEMS:  The team will need to play two to three
    games at Busch Stadium before the new domed stadium is ready in
    October.  Busch, which seats 55,000-60,000 for football, will
    accommodate "barely" the 46,000 PSL holders, 6,200 club seat
    purchasers, 2,000 luxury box-holder seats and 1,700 tickets for
    Rams sponsors, the team and visiting team.  Sportscorp's Marc
    Ganis, a Rams consultant, says the "immediate priority" will be
    to create a stadium manifest.  Ganis:  "That's basically taking
    every seat at Busch Stadium that's available for football and
    coding them so that we can have our ticket holders in the new
    stadium a location at Busch" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-
    DISPATCH, 4/14).
         RADIO DAZE:  KMOX, the rights-holder for the Blues and
    Cardinals, is considered "a long shot" in the race to land the
    Rams radio broadcasts.  KSD and WIL have emerged as the front
    runners, according to Dan Caesar in this morning's ST. LOUIS
    POST-DISPATCH.  Sportscorp's Ganis, who is also charged with
    negotiating with the stations, will not name the three finalists
    but says "several factors" will play a roll in deciding who will
    win the rights, including:  The ability to market/promote the
    team, a strong signal, a high-quality technical production, and
    money.  Sources say the team wants $3M annually (ST. LOUIS-POST
    DISPATCH, 4/14).
    

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