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NFL NOTES: MODELL TALKS SOFTLY, CARRIES A BIG CARROT
Published December 20, 1995
Browns Owner Art Modell held his second interview with a Baltimore media outlet in as many days yesterday, this time a radio roundtable on WBAL-AM. Modell again defended his decision to move, saying that the Browns easily met eight of the NFL's nine criteria for franchise relocation --with fan support being the ninth. Modell: "It would be hard for any owner to say that we don't qualify. ... In light of other moves, nothing comes close to the rationale and the justification for the Browns moving to Baltimore." Modell also said the Browns decision could "trigger a few other moves," and possibly lead to realignment. He also added that it was possible the team could leave its name and colors behind. Modell: "It's an issue that's being strongly considered and being discussed on a daily basis" (Bart Hubbuch, Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 12/20). ALSO: In the Part III of an examination of franchise stability, the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH's Jeff Gordon notes the idea of competition for the NFL is "interesting," but he adds the "success rate of start-up leagues is almost nil" (ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 12/20)....ESPN's Keith Olbermann examined the history of franchise relocation: Out of 113 current pro teams -- eliminating all expansion teams, teams that have already moved, teams that are going to move, and teams that are threatening or have threatened to move --only five are left: The Pacers, Maple Leafs, Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Packers ("SportsCenter," 12/19)....The NFL will donate $250,000 toward construction of a new day care center in Oklahoma City, to replace the one destroyed in last April's bombing of the federal building (NFL).