Schaefer, Cooke expected to meet today to discuss Redskins move

January 03, 1994

Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke were scheduled to meet today for the first time since Mr. Cooke announced his intention to move the team to Laurel.

The governor wrote to Mr. Cooke last month that he would agree to a meeting only if the owner agreed to consider moving the Redskins to Baltimore or pledged that he will not block continuing attempts to get a team in Baltimore.

Mr. Cooke has proposed spending $160 million of his own money to construct a 78,600-seat stadium for the Redskins adjacent to Laurel Race Course in Anne Arundel County.

Joseph A. De Francis, president and chief executive officer of the race course, said the meeting between Mr. Cooke and Mr. Schaefer was to take place today. Sources on both sides acknowledged that the governor and Mr. Cooke would meet, but declined comment.

According to Mr. De Francis, a 55-acre land deal between the Redskins and the race course is expected to close next week.

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