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STALLIONS OWNER HAS "POSITIVE" MEETING WITH BALTIMORE MAYOR

     While the state of MD has not made any financial promises to
the CFL Stallions, Owner Jim Speros received a "warmer" reception
yesterday from Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, according to the
Baltimore SUN.  Speros said Schmoke promised to see if the
Maryland Stadium Authority would pick up some of the team's
annual $400,000 in operating costs, adding Schmoke wants to make
sure the MSA treats the Stallions the same way as the Browns.
The Stallions will start a season-ticket campaign Friday aimed at
gaining 20,000 season-ticket holders.  Their season-ticket base
was 17,800 last season.  While Speros said, "If we sell 20,000
tickets, I'm not going anyplace," he still plans to "explore"
moving the team.  He is scheduled to meet with an investment
group in Richmond, tour Foreman Field in Norfolk, and meet with
University of Maryland officials about playing at Byrd Stadium
(Baltimore SUN, 11/28).
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