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AS SEAHAWKS SAGA DRAGS ON, BEHRINGS PARTY IN ANAHEIM
Published March 21, 1996
A plan to return the Seahawks to Seattle -- at least on a temporary basis -- "fell apart yesterday afternoon" as Owner Ken Behring "apparently backed out." This morning's SEATTLE P-I reports that local officials thought they were close to a deal to return the team to its Kirkland, WA, training facility, but the deal faltered. Both NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello and Behring's attorneys were "vague" as to whether any progress had been made on returning off-season workouts to WA (Boren & Farnsworth, SEATTLE P-I, 3/21). In yesterday afternoon's SEATTLE TIMES, team President David Behring said he didn't expect to travel to New York to meet with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue about the decision to hold off-season workouts in Anaheim. Local officials and the media believe that may mean the team is close to returning to WA to avoid a possible $500,000 fine from the league (Smith & Almond, SEATTLE TIMES, 3/20). PARTY-TIME, CALIFORNIA-STYLE: Ken and David Behring met with Anaheim and Orange County political and business officials on Wednesday and will be the guests of honor at a "grand fete" in Newport Beach, where about 200 people are expected to attend (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/21). THE PAUL ALLEN ANGLE: Susan Pierson, a spokesperson for Microsoft co-Founder Paul Allen, denied rumors Allen was losing interest in purchasing the Seahawks. Pierson, who said Allen, also owner of the Blazers, was out of town on business: "He's the fourth wealthiest man in the world. He has 30-odd other businesses. He has other things to do than think about this all day" (SEATTLE P-I, 3/21). The Kingdome concession contract "could be a factor in enticing Allen." Allen owns the concession company that services Portland's Rose Garden. Ogden Entertainment's contract with the Kingdome expires after the '96 season (SEATTLE TIMES, 3/20). MORE STICKS IN THE SPOKES: Seahawks DE Cortez Kennedy brought the NFLPA into the matter, filing a grievance protesting the lack of workout facilities in WA. As part of his contract, Kennedy is scheduled to earn $200,000 for participating in off- season conditioning, but he contends the contract stipulates workouts occur in Kirkland. The agent for Seahawk Sam Adams says he may also file a grievance, if the team doesn't cover losses due to higher CA taxes (Clare Farnsworth, SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 3/21).