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SEAHAWKS SHOCK NFL WITH PLANS TO MOVE TO VACANT L.A. MARKET

     The Seahawks are expected to announce, possibly as early as
today, that they will move to L.A. and play in the Rose Bowl
while a new stadium is built.  ESPN reported Owner Ken Behring
"has apparently not made any long-term commitment on his real
intent in relocating -- that would be a new stadium somewhere in
the L.A. area." Keith Olbermann noted, "The group ready to build
now in Hollywood Park across from the L.A. Forum is still the
favorite in that.  Anaheim, former home of the Rams, is also a
possibility."  King County Exec Gary Locke would not comment on
the specifics of their meetings yesterday, other than to say that
they planned to meet again today.  On the early "SportsCenter,"
Bob Ley called the Rose Bowl "hardly a long-term solution for an
NFL team."  He added the team wants to have an "interactive theme
park" at any new stadium site and that Seahawks will open an
office in Anaheim ("SportsCenter," 2/1).  Seahawks President
David Behring: "We made our case to the officials here, but there
was never any effort to grant us relief" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
2/2).     ALL THE ROSE KNOWS IS WHAT THEY READ:  Despite the
team's intention to play in Pasadena in the interim, Rose Bowl
officials said "they have never had conversations with the team."
Al Moses, President of the Rose Bowl's operating company:  "As
you know, we're in the market for a transition team.  That's well
known around the league and among owners.  We have not had any
specific talk with Seattle, but a team could play here as the
facility presently exists.  It would take some existing
mitigation of traffic and parking and some improvements,
including a new scoreboard and new video boards, but it could be
done" (L.A. TIMES, 2/2).
     ALL SHOOK UP:  The Behrings are expected to make a
"compelling argument" that they should be released from the final
ten years of their Kingdome lease, according to Len Pasquarelli
in Atlanta.  They arrived at a meeting with local officials with
a report that showed it might take an additional $90M to bolster
the dome against earthquakes (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/1).
Thursday's Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE reported that King County has
commissioned its own report on renovations (not due until mid-
February), but County Exec Gary Locke said they did not expect
costs to be any higher than projected.  In addition to seismic
protection, the team wants another $150M in improvements to make
the dome "more profitable" (Foster & Clayton, Tacoma NEWS
TRIBUNE, 2/2).    Locke, quoted yesterday:  "The things that the
Seahawks have asked for at the Kingdome are things that other
tenants have asked for like elevators, escalators, more
bathrooms, wider concourses" ("Sports Tonight," CNN 2/1).
     NFL REACTION:  NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello,
reached in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl, said he was not aware of the
situation, but he did note that owners voted last year that the
L.A. market would be controlled by all 30 franchises (AP/ARIZONA
REPUBLIC, 2/2).  NFL Senior VP/ Communications Joe Browne said
only that the Seahawks had not formally petitioned the league for
relocation (Timothy Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 2/2).  The L.A. TIMES
reports league officials were preparing a statement in
anticipation for a possible Seahawks announcement today.  T.J.
Simers reports, "The league is expected to denounce such a move
and remind the Seahawks' owner that his fellow owners agreed to
go in a different direction in Los Angeles" (L.A. TIMES, 2/2).
In Baltimore, Vito Stellino writes the Seahawks "stunned the pro
football world."  One team exec:  "If the league had six eyes
they'd all be black" (Baltimore SUN, 2/2).
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