Hale may not be among those here filing an NFL application

September 13, 1991|By Ken Murray

Baltimore's application for an NFL expansion franchise, due Monday, will list "five or six" potential ownership groups, the head of the Maryland Stadium Authority said yesterday.

But the list may not include Edwin Hale, the owner of the Blast soccer team.

Herbert J. Belgrad, chairman of the stadium authority, said Hale has been so immersed in his takeover bid of Baltimore Bancorp that he wasn't expected to file the $100,000 application fee by the Oct. 1 deadline.

"He's so involved with the bank takeover that he won't be able to do it at this point," said Belgrad, whose NFL task force is seeking one of two expansion teams for 1994. "We don't expect him to file."

Hale, however, said he hadn't made up his mind. Having just won control of the bank, Hale will begin a vacation tomorrow and will reconsider filing when he returns.

"I probably won't make my decision until the week after next when I meet with my people," he said.

Known groups who intend to file for ownership of a Baltimore franchise are headed by Bethesda real estate developer Nathan Landow, clothing store magnate Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, and author Tom Clancy, who will announce his intentions next week. Clancy is expected to have as many as four local investors in his group.

Another group with an undisclosed principal investor includes Phyllis Brotman, the president of Image Dynamics Inc., a marketing and public relations firm.

It is not known whether Cleveland banker Alfred Lerner, who previously expressed interest in a Baltimore team, will file.

One group that proposed stock sales will not be placed on the stadium authority's list of possible owners.

Only $50,000 of the $100,000 filing fee will be returned to those not awarded franchises.

Belgrad said the city's application has been reviewed by the Greater Baltimore Committee and would need approval from the authority in an executive session this afternoon before being sent to the league.

The NFL has asked for information on the stadium to be used, demographics such as per capita income and effective buying income, ownership potential and public support.

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