'Eager' Angelos presses Rams

October 07, 1994|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer

Los Angeles Rams suitor Peter Angelos is politely pressing the team for a decision on a possible move to Baltimore, and says he thinks one will be made before the end of the month.

"We're eager to get a decision from the Rams officials, albeit we understand their need for sufficient time to make a deliberate decision," Angelos said last night in a telephone interview from a Los Angeles-area hotel. "We are pressing for a decision."

He said he was hoping to meet with Rams executive vice president John Shaw last night or today.

"We are not issuing any ultimatums. We are very interested and they know that. I like John Shaw and I get along well with him and understand the need to meet the needs of his client," said Angelos.

However, the majority owner of the Orioles said there remain some outstanding issues with Rams ownership, including the eventual sale of a majority interest in the team.

Rams owner Georgia Frontiere has said she does not want to sell control of the team, but is willing to sell a minority stake to local investors.

Angelos said he will insist on eventual control for a team of Maryland investors led by him.

"Where I take a rigid position is at some point the team's destiny must be controlled by a Maryland group. Not for financial considerations, but to keep from happening what happened to our last team," said Angelos, referring to the Baltimore Colts' move to Indianapolis in 1984.

He said his group would not necessarily need majority control from the start, and he could agree to retain Frontiere as a minority investor when ownership eventually was transferred.

In May, the Rams exercised an option in their lease with Anaheim, Calif., their current landlords, allowing them to move the team at the end of the year. The team has narrowed its choices to St. Louis, Baltimore and Anaheim, and has received lucrative offers from all three.

St. Louis officials, originally scheduled to present their proposal this week to the Rams, are now expected to do so next week, Rams spokeswoman Heidi Sinclair said.

Angelos said that the negotiations are pretty much complete -- "there are a few t's to be crossed and i's to be dotted," he said -- and that the Rams are waiting to see what St. Louis offers. "I think that has to play itself out," Angelos said.

"I think the elements of the deal [for a Baltimore move] are pretty much identified. There are one or two remaining issues, but they will be decided when the Rams decide where they want to be," he said.

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