NFL gives Baltimore groups extra time for presentations

July 21, 1993|By From Staff Reports

The NFL has agreed to allow Baltimore, the only expansion finalist with more than one prospective ownership group, extra time during its official presentations to league committees in September.

The Sept. 21 presentations will be important because they come just before the October meetings in which team owners are expected to award the franchises.

The extra 30 minutes, on top of the 60 minutes each of the cities have, will be split between the ownership groups headed by Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass and Malcolm Glazer.

Baltimore is competing against Charlotte, N.C.; St. Louis; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Memphis, Tenn., for one of two expansion franchises. The city contingents will be limited to six participants, except Baltimore, which will be allowed three extra people because of its two ownership candidates.

"I think it's going to be a key presentation," said Herbert J. Belgrad, chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority and coordinator of the city's expansion bid.

He was host to several members of the NFL staff at last week's All-Star Game and came away hopeful.

"I think they liked what they heard. . . . They are looking at us very closely and are paying a lot of attention," he said.

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