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NFL NEWS & NOTES: NO RESOLUTION ON BROWNS
Published December 15, 1995
NFL officials meeting this week on the probable loss of Cleveland discussed a number of possible resolutions to the situation, but arrived at no consensus, according to the Baltimore SUN. The meetings included NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, NFL President Neil Austrian and the Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen, Chair of the NFL's Broadcast Committee, Saints Owner Tom Benson, Chair of the NFL Finance Committee, and Browns Exec VP James Bailey. Jon Morgan reports that among the options discussed were getting another team for the city, or passing a resolution demonstrating an intent to eventually move a team there, as the NFL did with L.A. The stadium and finance committees are scheduled to hold a joint meeting on January 4 to review the Browns' relocation application. Both the team and Cleveland Mayor Michael White will be given the opportunity to make presentations. The full NFL ownership vote on the matter is still scheduled for January 17 ( Baltimore SUN, 12/15). ALL EYES ON ART MODELL: The WALL STREET JOURNAL John Helyar profiles Browns Owner Art Modell's history in Cleveland and the decisions that led to the move in a front-page piece (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/15). ESPN's "Outside the Lines" presents a special on franchise movement tonight, live from Cleveland. ESPN's Bob Ley said Modell's attorneys prevented an interview. Also, the Akron BEACON JOURNAL reports NBC's Bob Costas will be in Cleveland for a pregame show Sunday from Modell's box (Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 12/15). L.A. COLISEUM IS OUT: L.A. City Council President John Ferraro, who is also head of the Coliseum Commission, said he was told this week by NFL officials that the L.A. Coliseum will not be considered as a permanent venue for football, according to the L.A. TIMES. While Ferraro disagrees with the assessment, he thinks the city should move on rather than fight. He said he would support Dodgers Owner Peter O'Malley in his efforts to build a stadium and get a team. Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson, Chair of the NFL Stadium Committee, has toured all L.A. stadium sites, including the Coliseum, and he says that if football is going to be successful in L.A., a state-of-the-art facility will have to be built. Richardson: "Los Angeles is a very special city, we have had good experiences there with Super Bowls, but it just doesn't make sense to go back with warmed over, renovated stadiums" (T.J. Simers, L.A. TIMES, 12/15).