NFL approves move to Laurel

September 29, 1994|By Jon Morgan

NFL owners yesterday approved the proposed move of the Washington Redskins to Laurel, but commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the resolution does not bar Baltimore from getting a team.

NFL bylaws require approval of three-fourths of the team owners before a franchise can move out of its city even if it's in the same area, Tagliabue said at a news conference after the meeting in Irving, Texas.

"There was some discussion about what that means to Baltimore and I made it clear it had no bearing on Baltimore, that the Baltimore situation still stands where you can have multiple teams in the same territory under our bylaws as long as there is a three-fourths vote," Tagliabue said.

The Redskins have announced plans to move to Laurel, which is about 15 miles from both Baltimore and Washington. Team owner Jack Kent Cooke has said one team is all that the two cities can support, but Baltimore still is trying to lure a team to Camden Yards.

One participant of the meeting, who requested anonymity, said the vote "wasn't a slam-dunk."

Several owners expressed concern about the loss of Baltimore as a potential relocation site, the source said.

"I think a lot of people are looking out for themselves and that is good for places like Baltimore. . . . They are very aware of Baltimore, it isn't forgotten," the source said.

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