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IN THE LINE OF FIRE: MR. TAGLIABUE GOES TO WASHINGTON, AGAIN

     NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue appears before the House
Judiciary Committee today for further testimony on franchise
movement, according to Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY.  Testifying
with Tagliabue will be Cleveland Mayor Michael White and Houston
Mayor Bob Lanier, with the "key issue" being the use of public
funds by cities to subsidize private enterprises (USA TODAY,
2/6).  In Houston, John Williams reports "support is growing" for
legislation to enable cities that lose a team to gain another NFL
franchise.  OH Rep. Martin Hoke's bill to protect "midsize
markets" has attracted 43 co-sponsors (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/6).
     BROWNS VOTE THIS WEEK: Browns Owner Art Modell told the
Baltimore SUN he has been promised there will be a vote on his
team's move to Baltimore during a special owners meeting in
Chicago on Thursday and Friday.  Modell responded to reports that
Baltimore's efforts would be "derailed" by the Seahawks' L.A.
bid.  Modell said he has not been lobbying his fellow owners to
help approve his move: "If I don't have a good case, they should
vote no" (Baltimore SUN, 2/6).
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