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SEATTLE BUSINESS LEADERS MEET IN SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR 'HAWKS
Published March 20, 1996
Thirty of Seattle's top business leaders met yesterday to "rally round the Seahawks" and convince the NFL that "locals would support remodeling the Kingdome as part of a deal to bring the football team home," according to Boren & Farnsworth of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. Former co-Owner John Nordstrom, who called the meeting, said he did not ask anyone to commit to anything, but "as we move through the next week to 10 days, things are going to change." NFL VP Communications Joe Browne said the league is interested in seeing support for a $125M remodeling of the Kingdome (SEATTLE P-I, 3/20). USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes writes the NFL's case to keep the Seahawks in Seattle seems "hopeless." The league's negotiating team "concedes" if Seahawks Owner Ken Behring's claim of an unsafe Kingdome stands in court, "the Seahawks are gone" (USA TODAY, 3/20). ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Behring is "clearly daring" NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to impose the maximum $500,000 fine on him for continuing to practice in Southern CA. Behring's attorney, Ron Olson, told NFL committees last week at the owner's meetings that the team "intends to leave Seattle," even if the court holds them in contempt for breaking their Kingdome lease ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 3/19).