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DOES OPEN L.A. MARKET BODE WELL FOR BALTIMORE EXPANSION
Published July 11, 1995
MD Gov. Parris Glendening intends to meet with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to discuss Baltimore's chances in filling the open L.A. market, according to John Steadman of the Baltimore EVENING SUN. "Sentiment is building within the league" to deal with L.A. by creating a "hurried-up expansion process before the turn of the century and that is where Baltimore comes in -- or hopes to be included." Steadman writes that within the league "there's a feeling it can no longer attempt to hold, at least by implication, the Baltimore territory" for the Redskins. Steadman: "Baltimore fits into the L.A. development scheme." CFL Commissioner Larry Smith also met with Tagliabue, and there's a possibility "the CFL will ask the NFL for assistance in gaining a network television contract, and somehow, be a replacement in summer for the spring league the NFL operated in Europe -- which took a sound financial beating and scored poorly in viewer ratings" (Baltimore SUN, 7/11).