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SPEROS CLOSE TO FIVE-YEAR LEASE; CITIZEN CLAUDE PLEDGES HELP
Published February 1, 1996
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).