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NFL NEWS & NOTES: KEY MEETING WITH CLEVELAND OFFICIALS

     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).
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