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CARDINALS MAY BLOW INTO WINDY CITY IF BEARS LEAVE
Published December 15, 1995
A city hall source in Chicago says an NFL team interested in playing in Chicago should the Bears leave has "put out feelers" to the city, according to the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. While the identity of that team has not been formally disclosed, the SUN- TIMES' Spielman and Gillis report that when asked if it was the Cardinals, the source said, "That's a very good guess." The contact from the team comes on the same day Chicago Mayor Richard Daley met with other mayors of NFL cities to examine how to restrict teams from relocating (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/15). The TRIBUNE's John Kass reports that Chicago's "back-channel" diplomacy with the Cardinals is seen by some as a way to "kick- start" negotiations with the Bears. Kass adds the report "lost a bit of its edge" when Cardinals General Counsel Thomas Guilfoil said he was "personally unaware of any meaningful communication" between the team and Chicago. Kass adds that Cardinals Owner Bill Bidwill and the McCaskey family are "good friends" and that Bidwill is unlikely to "undermine" the Bears' negotiating position (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/15).