N.Y. group puts deposit on '95 expansion team

October 08, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

A Long Island businessman who wants to re-create Baltimore's Canadian Football League phenomenon in New York has submitted a $100,000 deposit to the league for an expansion team in 1995.

Perry Carter, 39, says he believes he can replicate on Long Island what the CFLs have done in Baltimore.

"Long Island does not have a team to call its own," Carter said yesterday.

"It's in a battle to be identified. When I approached the political wheels, they did everything they could to get it done. I know basically I'm going to get it done."

Carter said his minority-dominated investment group includes former NFL players Ottis Anderson and Rich Caster, financial adviser Winston Thompson and Carter's father-in-law, Salvatore Selauro.

Carter said he will meet next week with representatives from Hofstra University to discuss use of its stadium in Uniondale, N.Y.

He said he had an option for another venue, but he declined to identify it.

Carter said he got interested in the CFL last May when he assisted Baltimore owner Jim Speros in his search for investors here.

Like Speros, Carter got his start in the restaurant business out of Boston College. He was sales manager for Colorado Prime from 1988 to 1991, then opened the American Partners Insurance Agency three years ago.

The attraction of a team on Long Island is that it would enhance the league's bargaining position in negotiations for a U.S. television contract.

"New York City is going to put a big dent in what happens in the league with the TV contract," Carter said.

The CFL is asking $6 million for expansion teams in 1995. Speros said that any applicants must have the support of local political leaders and a commitment of 15,000 season tickets.

Carter said his $100,000 deposit was 50 percent refundable, and that he would not field a team unless everything was in order.

"One thing I promised myself, the league and my investors," he said. "I won't rush to get it done if I can't get it done right way."

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