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TAGLIABUE TESTIFIES IN ST. LOUIS ON RELOCATION FEE

          NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue testified via video
     Friday in the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission's
     $130M antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, according to William
     Lhotka of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  Tagliabue "admitted"
     that he "refused to tell team owners before a crucial vote in
     March 1995 that the Rams were offering the league" $25M to
     relocate to St. Louis.  NFL owners voted against the move at
     that meeting, but a month later approved it after the Rams
     "agreed to pay" $46M and "had made other promises" on future
     revenue.  Tagliabue "gave a variety of reasons for refusing"
     to tell owners of the team's offer.  Commission attorney Alan
     Popkin "suggested" that Tagliabue, by not informing league
     owners, wanted to "get more money from the Rams and St.
     Louis."  In other news, Tagliabue "first denied, then
     admitted that he was the primary author of nine so-called
     relocation guidelines adopted" in '84.  He added that the
     Rams didn't meet the guidelines when their move was approved,
     "but that the owners had used their own business judgements
     as the criteria."  Tagliabue is expected to testify live when
     the NFL offers its case (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/25).
     
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