Even pitch to Rozelle couldn't help Glazer, Baltimore

December 01, 1993|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Staff Writer

ROSEMONT, ILL STAFF WRITERS JOHN STEADMAN AND VITO STELLINO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS ARTICLE. — ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Malcolm Glazer, a man not known for sentimentality, was near tears yesterday after Baltimore's bid for an NFL expansion team ended in failure.

"I'll go home and cry," the Florida-based businessman said yesterday, shortly after Jacksonville, Fla., was awarded the league's 30th franchise.

"I feel very sad that Baltimore didn't get it, because Baltimore is a city that deserved it."

Glazer and sons Bryan and Joel attempted to strengthen their application at last month's owners meeting by increasing the proposed payout to visiting teams. But the idea ran afoul of league policy.

This time, the Glazers tried to bring former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle into their ownership group.

"We talked to Pete and felt it would help Baltimore if he would join us," Bryan Glazer said.

Rozelle told the Glazers that he was not interested in joining them.

Baltimore's other ownership groups were led by Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, a clothing magnate, and Alfred Lerner, part-owner of the Cleveland Browns.

Weinglass had little to say when he checked out of the hotel here.

"I'm sorry," he said. "I've had enough. . . . Enough."

After returning to Baltimore, Weinglass told Channel 45: "I guess I'm through the naive stage."

Weinglass learned of Jacksonville's selection when he was being interviewed on WTEM radio in Washington. When Kevin Kiley asked him to comment on the NFL's decision, Weinglass said: "You guys are the first to let me know. Don't you think it would be nice if somebody from the NFL told me?

"They told us to stay in our rooms, and they would call us," Weinglass said. "It's bad enough to lose . . . but this is unbelievable."

Lerner, who entered the race late but drew the support of Gov. William Donald Schaefer, left without comment shortly after making a presentation to the joint committees.

Malcolm Glazer said he was uncertain whether he would try to buy a team and move it to Baltimore.

"I've got to go home and think about it," he said.

Weinglass told the Charlotte Observer: "Sometimes I feel like I want to pursue another team. Other times I say I've been in this 2 1/2 years, and I haven't liked what I've seen."

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