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NFL SENDS ITS LEGAL BILLS TO ST. LOUIS COMMISSION
Published December 1, 1997
The NFL has asked the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) to pay $527,474 as the league's cost of defending itself against the CVC's antitrust suit, according to Tim Bryant of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. As the winner in the suit, the league is "entitled to recover its costs of defending the case." The bill does not include attorneys fees. Among the expenses was $228,000 paid to MA-based consultant Franklin Fisher, who billed himself at $800-an- hour, and "outlined the NFL's defense" against the CVC. The league is asking the CVC to pay for computer rentals, copying expenses and issuing subpoenas and court summonses. The CVC "may dispute" the figures (POST-DISPATCH, 11/27). L.A. STORY: Columnist Randy Harvey called on City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas to give up his bid to bring the NFL back to the Coliseum and instead "support the Dodger Stadium area." Harvey said the Coliseum plan included "too many obstacles" and "most discouraging is that NFL officials have little enthusiasm for" the site (L.A. TIMES, 11/26). NOTES: The NFL's female fan-base was examined by David Adams of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. While "still dominated by men," females represent 43% of the NFL's fan base now -- up from 33% in '90 (BEACON JOURNAL, 11/28)....Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said the league is looking at "upwards" of a $10M increase in its '98 salary cap, boosted by a new TV deal. The '97 cap is $41.45M (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/27).