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         Mayors or representatives from 12 NFL cities met in
    Cleveland yesterday for a conference on franchise relocation.  In
    Chicago, John Kass compared them to "desperate members of a self-
    help group."  Despite talk of unity, "they didn't deny that they
    would grab another city's team if their own clubs left" (CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 12/15).  Today, the mayors hear from NFL Chief Counsel
    Jay Moyer on antitrust law, from NFL President Neil Austrian on
    league finances, and from legal experts on retaining franchises
    (Pat Yasinskas, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/15).
         CHICAGO:  Mayor Richard Daley, currently in heated talks
    with the Bears over threats to move to Gary, IN, said he
    disagreed with the idea of petitioning Congress to give the
    league more power over relocation.  Daley said he would want the
    option of seeking a team should the Bears leave, despite any
    league stance.  Daley proposed punishing teams that break leases
    by requiring them to pay taxpayers for any public investment
    (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/15).  Daley's comments on the Cardinals
    replacing the Bears "underscored the difficulties the mayors had
    in presenting a united front" (John Kass, CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
         CLEVELAND:  Mayor Michael White, the host of the conference,
    again denied city officials have talked with the Bucs on moving
    to Cleveland (Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 12/15).
         HOUSTON:  Mayor Bob Lanier said he believes Houston will be
    an NFL city again after this "turbulent period" ends.  Lanier
    also proposed the NFL consider sharing all revenues, including
    skybox fees and stadium naming rights deals (John Williams,
         TAMPA:  Mayor Dick Greco:  "At some point, somebody is going
    to pay $192 million for a team and have no place to go."
    Columnist Martin Fennelly writes, "The only sobering moment came
    when they turned all the mayors upside down and shook them by
    their feet.  A hundred Malcolm Glazer business cards fell out"
    (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/15).

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