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TAGLIABUE TESTIFIES OVER TWO DAYS IN ST. LOUIS CASE

          NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue testified Tuesday and
     Wednesday in the St. Louis Convention and Visitors
     Commission's (CVC) $130M antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. 
     On Tuesday, Tagliabue said that neither he nor league
     officials had any meetings with the commission, "nor played
     any role in terms the Rams and the commission ultimately
     reached" regarding the team's relocation fee from Anaheim. 
     Tagliabue said he only dealt with Rams President John Shaw
     in negotiating a $29M relocation fee.  Tagliabue added that
     he "wrote" the league's nine relocation guidelines and
     "conceded that the rule requiring three-fourths approval of
     league owners for a team to move could be construed as a
     restraint of trade" (POST-DISPATCH, 11/5).  Under cross
     examination on Wednesday, Tagliabue said that the $20M the
     CVC paid to get the Rams went to "low-income" NFL teams to
     pay their bills, according to William Lhotka of the ST.
     LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  Tagliabue was "questioned for several
     hours" by CVC attorney Alan Popkin, "who was trying to show
     the jury that the NFL's fee assessments were arbitrary and
     part of a pattern of restraint of trade."  The trial is
     expected to resume on Monday (POST-DISPATCH, 11/6).

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