Rams likely to decide in 4 to 6 weeks

September 20, 1994|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Rams probably will decide whether to leave Anaheim, Calif., and possibly move to Baltimore, in the next four to six weeks, a top team official told Gov. William Donald Schaefer Sunday night.

Schaefer, on a business promotion trip in California, held a nearly three-hour dinner meeting with Rams executive vice president John Shaw and a pair of team attorneys in Beverly Hills, said Mark Wasserman, secretary of the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development, who also was there.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos, who has offered to purchase a minority stake in the NFL team if it is moved to Baltimore, also participated in the meeting.

"It was a good, useful exchange. There's no substitute to meeting their decision-makers face to face," Wasserman said. "The governor and Peter Angelos put on the best possible case."

The governor pressed the Rams' officials on how quickly they will choose among bids from Baltimore, St. Louis, Hartford, Conn., and a hometown effort in Anaheim. He was told a decision likely would be made in the next four to six weeks, Wasserman said.

"John Shaw is very much struck by the potency of the Baltimore market, but he has many, many issues to sift through," Wasserman said.

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