REDSKINS BUY TIME ON APPEAL; ARE NEW PLANS IN THE WORKS?
"After checking out the lineup of politicians who prevailed
on Election Day, the Redskins have called timeout" and asked to
delay their appeal of Anne Arundel County's rejection of their
proposed new stadium (Beyers & Blum, WASHINGTON POST, 11/17).
Redskins attorney Harry Blumenthal made the request, saying the
team needs more time to complete studies of the proposed
facility. The team hoped to bypass the appeals process and
report directly to the Anne Arundel County Council. But a
Baltimore SUN post-election survey shows that four of the seven
councilmembers would not vote to bypass the appeals process,
thereby killing any hopes for a quick end to the process and a
change in county zoning laws. The team also can't look to the
governor's office for help, as MD's Governor-elect, Parris
Glendening, vowed yesterday to fight a stadium in Laurel
(Richards & Rivera, Baltimore SUN, 11/17). The Redskins' delay
also heightened speculation that the team wants to try and lobby
the new MD legislature for help with the Laurel site -- or that
they are looking at others areas in MD, VA or DC (Matt Neufield,
WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/17).