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MARYLAND GIVES BENGALS' BROWN A JUNE 1 DEADLINE

     Maryland Stadium Authority Chair John Moag has given Bengals
owner Mike Brown a June 1 deadline if he wants to move his team
to Baltimore, according to Saturday's CINCINNATI ENQUIRER.  Moag:
"Things are tight, real tight.  And Mike knows that.  I can't
wait two months.  I can barely wait until June 1, no later.
There are other entities out there that want to do business."
Brown met with ENQUIRER reporters and editors Friday and
acknowledged that moving to Baltimore is an option.  Brown:  "I'm
not going to be led down the primrose path and lose another
opportunity.  If it turns out we're rejected here and there's no
solution here, we'll look elsewhere and go."  Brown also
responded to suggestions that the Bengals contribute to the cost
of a new stadium:  "Plain and simple, I don't have it.  I'm not a
wealthy person.  I don't have tens of millions to contribute to
it.  Perhaps the ball club could generate it (at the stadium)"
(Richard Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/24).
     WATCHING AND WAITING?  Bengals Owner Mike Brown's talk of
moving to Baltimore may have new Buccaneers Owner Malcolm Glazer
"worried," according to the Baltimore SUN's Vito Stellino.  The
Glazers, who have committed to stay in Tampa for two years,
"figured they could always move to Baltimore" if their calls for
a new Tampa stadium were not met.  If Brown "beats" the Bucs to
Baltimore, the Bucs could "face big financial problems" in Tampa
without a new stadium  (Baltimore SUN, 4/23).
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