NFL expansion panel to meet, could cut 2 of 10 cities on list

February 11, 1992|By Vito Stellino

The NFL's expansion committee, which was appointed last May in Minneapolis, will meet in Dallas today for the first time.

The owners on the committee -- Norman Braman of the Philadelphia Eagles, Art Modell of the Cleveland Browns, Hugh Culverhouse of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Edward DeBartolo of the San Francisco 49ers, Rankin Smith of the Atlanta Falcons and Alex Spanos of the San Diego Chargers -- are scheduled to be briefed by commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his staff on the expansion process.

The owners will get an update on the presentations made by officials from the 10 cities that applied for franchises in December in New York.

They are expected to discuss the recommendations they'll make to the other owners in Phoenix at their annual March meeting when the field is expected to be cut to five or six cities. There's also a possibility that two cities could be eliminated at today'smeeting.

None of the officials from the 10 cities that applied for franchises was invited to attend today's meeting.

The applicants include the three cities that lost teams in the past decade -- Baltimore, St. Louis and Oakland, Calif. -- and seven cities seeking franchises for the first time -- Charlotte, N.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; San Antonio; Sacramento, Calif.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Under its current timetable, the league will name two teams this fall to take the field in 1994, although that process could be delayed because of labor problems.

The league, which has 28 teams, last expanded in 1976 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks were added.

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