NFL fee could be $200 million

April 15, 1993|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Staff Writer

The cost of playing football may be high indeed: as much as $200 million, according to one published estimate.

An unidentified NFL official was quoted as telling the Florida Times-Union that the league's two proposed expansion franchises will carry fees of $175 million to $200 million.

This is within the upper range of past estimates, but one league official denied that any decision had been made. The fees can be established only by the team owners, and they are scheduled to meet on May 25-26 to vote on the issue.

"For anyone to be quoted as saying the fee is this or that would be inaccurate," said Roger Goodell, vice president of operations for the NFL.

Joel Glazer, who is assisting his father, Malcolm, in his bid to bring a franchise to Baltimore, said the groups have not been informed what the fee will be. But those numbers are within the realm of expectations, he said.

"We're interested. We planned going into this on a range, and this is within the range," he said.

In addition to Baltimore, the cities competing for franchises are Charlotte, N.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and St. Louis. A decision is expected in the fall.

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