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IF MICHAEL ROWS HIS BOAT ASHORE, WILL NFL SAY HALLELUJAH?

          NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and a "quartet of NFL
     heavyweights," will begin a three-day fact-finding tour of
     L.A. on Monday, "but much to the disappointment of those
     courting league favor, it will not set a target date for the
     return of football," according to T.J. Simers of the L.A.
     TIMES.  NFL Exec VP/League & Football Development Roger
     Goodell said that the league is "focused on getting things
     completed in Cleveland" before focusing on L.A.  Simers
     wrote that while the league is "becoming increasingly
     enamored" with Michael Ovitz's plan for a stadium-mall
     complex in Carson, they "intend to contact" reps from
     Hollywood Park, the New Coliseum Project, Fox and South
     Park.  Tagliabue will be joined by Goodell, NFL President
     Neil Austrian and Stadium Committee Chair/Panthers Owner
     Jerry Richardson.  Simers added that Ovitz "appears to have
     made quite an impression on NFL officials, who like his ties
     to the entertainment industry."  He has given the NFL a list
     of potential investors from L.A., "including some Hollywood
     actors."  He has also met with NFL officials in New York and
     "convinced them that environmental concerns about the
     property, previously a dump site for hazardous waste, will
     not be a significant roadblock" (L.A. TIMES, 4/29). 

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