DOES OPEN L.A. MARKET BODE WELL FOR BALTIMORE EXPANSION
MD Gov. Parris Glendening intends to meet with NFL
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to discuss Baltimore's chances in
filling the open L.A. market, according to John Steadman of the
Baltimore EVENING SUN. "Sentiment is building within the league"
to deal with L.A. by creating a "hurried-up expansion process
before the turn of the century and that is where Baltimore comes
in -- or hopes to be included." Steadman writes that within the
league "there's a feeling it can no longer attempt to hold, at
least by implication, the Baltimore territory" for the Redskins.
Steadman: "Baltimore fits into the L.A. development scheme." CFL
Commissioner Larry Smith also met with Tagliabue, and there's a
possibility "the CFL will ask the NFL for assistance in gaining a
network television contract, and somehow, be a replacement in
summer for the spring league the NFL operated in Europe -- which
took a sound financial beating and scored poorly in viewer
ratings" (Baltimore SUN, 7/11).