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NFL NEWS & NOTES: KEY MEETING WITH CLEVELAND OFFICIALS
Published December 5, 1995
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue meets with Cleveland Mayor Michael White this week on the city's proposed $175M renovation of Cleveland Stadium -- specifically to determine "how solid the proposal is (how real are the dollars?) and what type of renovation can be done." According to Timothy Smith, the meeting "could go a long way in determining" whether Tagliabue recommends that owners vote against the move when they meet on the issue on January 17 in Atlanta (N.Y. TIMES, 12/5). ESPN's Chris Mortensen said it is "not going to be smooth sailing" in terms of league approval for the Browns' move. Mortensen said if the stadium renovation package "works, the league will take up the fight. The city already has Art Modell hung up in the courts. The lease that the city has with the Browns may be very enforcable for three more years -- and, obviously, that would lead to a very ugly situation." Mortensen said the NFL prefers Modell sell the Browns and the Bucs move to Baltimore. A possible compromise is Modell leaving the Browns name in Cleveland and the Bucs to Cleveland ("NFL Prime Monday," 12/4). BLACK QUARTERBACKS: ABC's "Nightline" examined the lack of African-Americans in "thinking positions" in sports, particularly as NFL quarterback. Armen Keteyian noted there are 7 black QBs out of 91 total in the NFL -- 8% in a league that was 68% black last season. Guests were Warren Moon and Bill Walsh. Walsh: "I think communication has improved dramatically between black and white. There are far more black athletes in the National Football League than white, and I think you are going to see a major trend of more black men playing that position" (ABC, 12/4).