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THESE 'HAWKS DON'T WANT TO FLY SOUTH ... OR DO THEY?

     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).
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