SBD/9/Leagues Governing Bodies


          Former U.S. Senator Thomas Eagleton "sparred for more
     than two hours" Wednesday with NFL attorney Frank Rothman
     over league guidelines and the Rams' move from California to
     St. Louis, according to William Lhotka of the ST. LOUIS
     POST-DISPATCH.  The testimony came during the third day of
     the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission's (CVC)
     $130M antitrust suit against the NFL.  Eagleton is the
     former head of FANS, Inc., which led the drive to lure the
     Rams, and is "a key witness" for the CVC.  Eagleton said the
     reason NFL owners rejected to team's move in March of '95
     and approved it a month later was the agreement to pay a
     $29M relocation fee and make other concessions.  Eagleton:
     "M-O-N-E-Y, that's what changed the decision between the two
     meetings, money."  But under cross examination, the NFL's
     Rothman questioned Eagleton about his role in supporting
     legislation while a U.S. Senator that would have exempted
     the NFL and other pro sports from antitrust laws, which
     would have "set guidelines for team relocation that are
     nearly identical to the guidelines now on NFL books." 
     Eagleton said he introduced that measure to prevent Bill
     Bidwill, Owner of NFL's St. Louis Cardinals, from moving to
     Arizona.  In other news, Judge Jean Hamilton "agreed to a
     key defense request -- that the jury not hear any evidence
     about relocation fees or other issues relating to three
     other NFL team moves.  The judge ruled that because these
     moves took place after the Rams moved to St. Louis, they
     aren't part of the trial."  U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt also
     testified and said that he initiated contact with the Rams
     in early '94 about moving (POST-DISPATCH, 10/9).

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