Schaefer To Cfl: Don't Rush

January 12, 1994|By Vito Stellino

Gov. William Donald Schaefer said last night that CFL executives should not press Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke for a quick decision on obtaining a lease for the 1994 season at Memorial Stadium.

"They shouldn't pressure the mayor like this," Schaefer said. "It's not fair to him. It puts him in a very embarrassing situation. They know he's involved with us and the highest priority is to bring an NFL team here."

"What we've got to do is play the string out. We've got time. The Canadian Football League is going to have to wait. If they want to come here, they can wait another month or so," he said.

The governor made his remarks at a dinner honoring Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman.

Schmoke, who was at the dinner, said he'll meet with prospective CFL team owner Jim Speros later this week.

"I think the next three days there'll some discussions going on and hard decisions made about whether we move forward," the mayor said. "I still have a very open mind. I'm trying to be helpful on the NFL front, but I don't want to close us out from getting the CFL here."

Schaefer also said the city has to consider the wishes of Orioles owner Peter Angelos, whose team would be playing during the CFL season. "Angelos is spending money like it's going out of style. He's buying players. We shouldn't do anything that would compromise Peter Angelos. We owe him."

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