Frontiere: I'm willing to sell part of Rams

May 09, 1994|By T.J. Simers | T.J. Simers,Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere said yesterday that she is willing to sell part of the team to facilitate a move, a dramatic change from statements she made four months ago.

"Yes, I must say it is," Frontiere said. "I was really hoping things would work here. When friends and associates asked me earlier about the Rams moving, I told them I was doing my best to keep the team here.

"But now it's obvious that would financially kill us -- unless we come up with something different."

Frontiere insists she will not sell a majority interest in the team and said she is open to taking on a local minority partner, should that be part of a solution to remaining in the Anaheim, Calif., or Los Angeles area.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos has said he would be interested in being such a minority partner, if the team would move to Baltimore, and said last week that he was "aggressively moving forward" to procure an NFL team.

When the Rams announced last week that they were breaking their lease with Anaheim, Gov. William Donald Schaefer said, "Peter has been pursuing this very persistently. He knew the Rams were going to make a move today. He could do nothing until after that was formalized," Schaefer said.

However, Frontiere said yesterday that the only representative of another city she had met with (thought to be from St. Louis) was not from Baltimore.

In addition to Baltimore, St. Louis, Hartford, Conn., Memphis, Tenn., and San Antonio have expressed interest in the team.

Frontiere, the widow of onetime Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom, is well aware of the love affair the two former NFL cities have with football.

"I think Baltimore and St. Louis miss having a football team," she said yesterday. "The people seem eager to have it happen again."

One who wouldn't be eager to see it happen in Baltimore is Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, who intends to build a stadium in Laurel.

But Frontiere said: "I'm reluctant to change; I didn't want to move from Baltimore, I didn't want to leave Los Angeles and now Anaheim. But what I've probably done is wait too long [to address the financial concerns in Anaheim].

"Now I'm going to move in a positive direction whether we stay in Anaheim with a better deal or move elsewhere. At least I'm doing something, making something happen."

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