Plans for taking up the subject of expansion at the National Football League team owners' meeting scheduled for March in Hawaii have been deferred to a later spring date, a league source said.
The NFL is attempting to discourage potential expansion cities from sending delegations to the annual owners' gathering because it doesn't plan to officially address the subject at that time. Baltimore, St. Louis, Sacramento, Memphis, Jacksonville and Charlotte were expected to be represented.
However, the NFL says it will continue to gather information regarding expansion before concentrating on the various aspects of adding new teams. Herb Belgrad, chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, is preparing Baltimore's presentation. He said he has not been informed of any deviation in procedures.