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SPEROS CLOSE TO FIVE-YEAR LEASE; CITIZEN CLAUDE PLEDGES HELP

     The CFL Board of Governors is expected to approve the
Baltimore Stallions' move to Montreal, according to Gary
Lambrecht of the Baltimore SUN.  Stallions Owner Jim Speros and
the Olympic Installations Board, landlord of Montreal's Olympic
Stadium, have reportedly reached agreement on a five-year deal.
Sources say the Stallions "would be required to pay the stadium
board C$15,000 per game."  The city of Montreal is also "close to
securing" approximately $5M in corporate and civic sponsorship
that Speros said the team required (Baltimore SUN, 2/1).
     CITIZEN CLAUDE:  Expos Managing Partner Claude Brochu has
"volunteered to provide" Montreal's new CFL team "with manpower,
resources and expertise," all for a "small fee," according to
Marty York of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Brochu said that when he
met with Smith and Speros, he offered to help "with any aspect of
their business" -- even access to the Expos' season-ticket list
(Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 2/1).
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