Angelos in L.A. to talk with Rams

May 13, 1994|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer

Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos was in Los Angeles yesterday to meet with officials of the Los Angeles Rams, an NFL franchise he hopes to bring to Baltimore.

Sources in Baltimore and Los Angeles said his meetings would include a get-acquainted session with team owner Georgia Frontiere.

"He expects to sit down and meet with her and be friendly," said one source yesterday. "He's committed to getting the team."

Reached at a hotel in Los Angeles last night, Angelos said, "I can't say a word. No comment."

Former Orioles president Larry Lucchino, a member of Angelos' potential investment group, was accompanying him on the trip. He has met several times with Rams officials in recent months, laying the groundwork for a bid by Angelos.

Frontiere, the widow of former Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom, has said she is interested in selling a minority stake in the team. She also has said she is not happy with the team's Anaheim, Calif., stadium and believes that moving may be the only way to improve facilities.

One source who spoke with a top team executive yesterday said that the team is concerned about a protracted fight with Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, who opposes a team in Baltimore.

"They do want to move but they feel the fight with Jack Ken Cooke is bound to take too long and might not be worth the effort compared to other offers they are receiving," said the source.

The team also is being wooed by St. Louis; Hartford, Conn.; San Antonio; and Memphis, Tenn.

Angelos was expected back in Baltimore today, according to his office.

Maryland-based novelist Tom Clancy is also a member of the investment group.

Rams spokesman Rick Smith said he could not confirm that Angelos was meeting with team officials, but said no other meetings with suitors have been reported -- possibly making Angelos the first to make the trek to Los Angeles.

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