The attorney for Tom Clancy said yesterday that the author will hold a news conference next Thursday to announce his plans to file an application to own an NFL expansion franchise in Baltimore.
David Cohan, Clancy's attorney, said the Maryland-based author busy this week working on the movie production of his novel "Patriot Games," but will have the time for the news conference next week.
Cohan said Clancy's group will be small, consisting of about five members. There is a $100,000 fee for applying, and $50,000 is refundable.
Clancy's entrance means that at least five groups are applying ++ for Baltimore. They are headed by real estate developer Nathan Landow, retailing magnate Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr and one unidentified group.
John Colbrunn, a member of the Starr group, said an official in the league office, Don Weiss, told him that groups may file after the previously announced deadline of Oct. 1.
Three other groups haven't said whether they plan to apply. They include Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale and banker Alfred Lerner. The third undecided group is unidentified.
Herbert J. Belgrad, chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, said yesterday he expected to complete the Baltimore application, due Monday, by tomorrow.
* PACKERS: Linebacker Tim Harris said a rumor that he underwent drug and alcohol treatment is false. And he said the story may have been planted by the Packers during his contract holdout.
"I don't think the Packers organization wants me to work for them anymore," Harris told the Capital Times of Madison, Wis. "If that's the case, they might as well get rid of me."