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TAGLIABUE NOT PLEASED WITH SEAHAWKS' EARLY MIGRATION
Published March 19, 1996
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue yesterday summoned Seahawks President David Behring to New York for a Friday meeting after the team began off-season workouts in Anaheim. Seahawks attorney William Temko released a statement saying the workouts were "in the best interests of the team," and that they wished to conduct workouts "away from the media circus" if they remained in Seattle. Tagliabue called the Anaheim workouts "pre-emptive and supportive" of the February 2 move announcement. Tagliabue: "The Kingdome safety issues raised by the Seahawks have no relationship to the club's ability to conduct training programs in its Kirkland facilities" (Boren & Farnsworth, SEATTLE P-I, 3/19). In L.A., Steve Springer reports the team will not conduct draft activities in Anaheim, as previously planned, "to not further offend the league" (L.A. TIMES, 3/19). MOVING EXPENSES: Meanwhile, the club's undetermined status for next season is costing owner Ken Behring plenty. The SEATTLE P-I reports the team is down $6M it normally would have from season ticket deposits, while Behring still must pay $275,000 to lease the Anaheim training complex and more than $12,500 a week to house players in a CA hotel. Behring insisted yesterday the team was not for sale, though the P-I reports "he would listen" if offered enough money (Farnsworth & Boren, SEATTLE P-I, 3/19). The TACOMA NEWS-TRIBUNE reports that Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen is reportedly weighing the "emotional value" of owning a team in his hometown. Allen's representative Bob Whitsitt said he expects no action in the near future while Allen decides (Clayton & Foster, TACOMA NEWS-TRIBUNE, 3/18).