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SEAHAWKS TO L.A., PART III: LEAGUE ISSUES MUTED RESPONSE

     The NFL "is again standing on the sidelines, watching and
waiting, as another team tries to pull up stakes and run to a
better deal," writes Timothy Smith in the N.Y. TIMES.  Once
again, he adds, "the league's hands appear to be tied" (N.Y.
TIMES, 2/3).  The league issued a statement Friday:  "The
Seahawks advised our office last week of their view that the
Kingdome was unusable and unsafe due to seismic risks.  This
office is not in a position to determine whether there is a
seismic risk in the Kingdome,  We are also not in a position to
determine whether the Seahawks stadium lease has been broken.  As
a result of the litigation filed, both of these issues evidently
will be determined by the courts.  Until these matters are
resolved, the team will remain in Seattle as far as the league is
concerned" (John Clayton, Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 2/3).
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