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NFL NEWS & NOTES: ST. LOUIS MONEY NOT FORTHCOMING
Published November 16, 1995
St. Louis officials have asked for, and received, a postponement of a $20M payment due the league from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) for the relocation of the Rams. St. Louis officials will use the delay (until November 30) to petition the league to lower the fee. NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello: "We're willing to listen to them." The $20M was raised from the sale of PSLs and represents the CVC's share of the $29M Rams relocation fee. Under the owners' approval of the Rams' move, the Rams would pay $9M over several years. CVC President Bob Bedell, noting that the league imposed no relocation fee on the Raiders: "I don't see a difference in the circumstances." Bedell said there has been no decision to file suit. Former Sen. Thomas Eagleton, who represents FANS Inc., acknowledged non-payment could result in loss of the team (Lorraine Kee, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/16). ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER LAWSUIT: Clayton Holmes, the Cowboys' suspended cornerback, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Dallas yesterday against the NFL and the NFL Management Council seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow him to play Sunday. Holmes was suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He and his attorney, former NFLPA counsel Grady Irvin, allege Holmes was the victim of an illegal drug test by the Lions last year (Josie Karp, FT. WORTH STAR- TELEGRAM, 11/16). DAILY JERRY JONES SIGHTING: Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones was a guest on "CBS This Morning," which was on location in Dallas today. Asked about his deals causing a chain reaction of frnahcise moves: "What's happening, although none of us like the idea of clubs leaving cities -- that's not good for the NFL -- but what is really happening is that great new stadiums are being built around the country for our game and for our teams." While Jones talked, CBS showed footage of Texas Stadium addorned with the Nike logo. Jones noted he is in favor of TV revenue-sharing, adding that he couldn't change that if he wanted to becuase it takes all 30 owners to approve a TV deal (CBS, 11/16).