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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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