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THESE 'HAWKS DON'T WANT TO FLY SOUTH ... OR DO THEY?
Published June 7, 1995
Seahawks President David Behring said the team doesn't want to leave Seattle, but he "stopped short of saying it would never happen," according to Clare Farnsworth of the SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER. Behring, son of majority owner Ken Behring, said he hoped the team "can stay here long term" in a renovated Kingdome. But he added, "I can't predict what's going to happen down the road." Farnsworth reports Behring "coined a new buzz phrase when responding" to questions about a possible move to L.A. -- "stadium economics." Behring said the team has not had "any feedback" on their proposed $120M Kingdomw renovation, and for the last "eight or nine months, we've kind of been in the dark." King County official Kevin Raymond said the county hasn't forgotten the team and is "committed to making changes as we can afford them." Farnsworth writes that "despite all the speculation, don't expect the Seahawks to be playing home games anywhere but in Seattle this year and for several seasons to come." Farnsworth also notes that the team's lease runs for 11 more years, and the uncertainty over Al Davis in L.A. (SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER, 6/7). Gordon Forbes also examines the Seahawks' dilemma. Berhing says if Al Davis were to back out of Hollywood Park, the Seahawks and six or seven other teams would look into it. But Behring "expects Hollywood Park to take 3-5 years, and that Davis will resist a second tenant" (USA TODAY, 6/7).