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IN THE LINE OF FIRE: MR. TAGLIABUE GOES TO WASHINGTON, AGAIN
Published February 6, 1996
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).