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BALTIMORE WILL GET ITS HEARING WITH NFL OWNERS
Published October 24, 1995
"Almost two years from the date they rejected Baltimore's expansion application," NFL owners will vote during their November 7 meeting in Dallas on whether to guarantee the city a team, according to this morning's Baltimore SUN. The NFL Stadium Committee agreed to MD Gov. Parris Glendening's request the matter be put before the 30 team owners. "Getting it passed, however, could be a different matter," according to the SUN's Jon Morgan. The committee, headed by Panthers Owner (and former Colt player) Jerry Richardson has not made a recommendation on the proposal. That led MD Stadium Authority Chair John Moag to say: "That reinforces my inclination not to get too excited about it." NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello: "The purpose of the resolution is to provide a framework for a full-membership discussion of the league's future in Baltimore and surrounding areas." The proposed resolution the owners will vote on reads as follows: "The membership hereby approves a request by the Governor of Maryland that the NFL commit to the state of Maryland to locate an NFL franchise in a proposed new football-only stadium in Baltimore." In return, Glendening said he would maintain the funding mechanism that has been established for building a $200M stadium (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 10/24). ON THE JERRY JONES FRONT: Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones filed a motion yesterday to have NFL Properties' $300M lawsuit against his team thrown out of court. Jones has argued that his Texas Stadium agreements with Nike, American Express and Dr Pepper are not in violation of NFLP agreements because the contracts are with Texas Stadium and not the team. The team indicated yesterday's motion to dismiss was a "final step before the team files a countersuit" (Josie Karp, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/24). AS FOR DEION: The NFL officially informed the Cowboys the league considers Deion Sanders' contract with the team invalid and "might prevent him from competing this weekend." That led Jones to promise that Deion would play this weekend -- "one way or the other." The league is currently in negotiations with the NFLPA and the team over how to allocate Sanders' $13M signing bonus in regards to the league's salary cap. Jones believes the matter will be resolved in U.S. District Court by Judge David Doty sometime this week (Ed Werder, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/24).