Angelos: Baltimore still in the Rams hunt

November 14, 1994|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer

Prospective NFL owner Peter Angelos, who met with Los Angeles Rams officials over the weekend, said that the team still has issues to work out with St. Louis and that Baltimore remains in the running for the franchise.

"It is not a done deal," Angelos said of the Rams-St. Louis talks, which have taken on a look of inevitability in recent weeks.

"I think they are still substantially apart. . . . Baltimore is still in therunning," Angelos said.

He heads a group of Maryland investors who have offered to take a minority stake in the team if it moves to Baltimore. The team also is considering offers from St. Louis and a group trying to keep it in Anaheim, Calif.

Angelos met Saturday night with Rams president John Shaw.

"It was a positive meeting and I said we have a continuing interest and when they decide to relocate, Baltimore is the best deal financially and has the most supportive fans," Angelos said.

Among the advantages the Rams cite for a St. Louis move is the downtown stadium/convention center expansion already under construction in St. Louis and the minority investors willing to keep control of the team in the hands of current owner Georgia Frontiere.

Angelos says that control of the franchise, if not majority ownership,eventually should pass to Marylanders to keep the team from moving out of the city. The Rams say that is unacceptable, although Angelos said he does not think that is the problem with the Baltimore proposal.

Meanwhile, Angelos said he hopes to resume talks soon with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The trustees running the Bucs for the late owner, Hugh Culverhouse, announced last week that the team is for sale.

In addition, Angelos has been in contact with the Los Angeles Raiders, a team that also is considering a move.

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