Maryland retracts 'last resort' request State won't push NFL to act on resolution

November 01, 1995|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

Maryland officials have asked the NFL to delay consideration of a resolution that, if passed, would guarantee Baltimore a franchise.

Gov. Parris Glendening and Maryland Stadium Authority chairman John Moag had told the league they would retain funding for a new Baltimore stadium if the league passed a legally binding resolution by the end of the year. They asked that the resolution guarantee either an expansion team or a relocated franchise.

The NFL's stadium committee considered the matter and agreed to submit it to the 30 team owners at a regularly scheduled meeting next week.

The resolution commits the league to select a team, presumably an expansion or existing franchise, and assign it to Baltimore for play beginning in the first full season a stadium is completed. Maryland law requires that a franchise must commit to Maryland before stadium construction can begin.

Questions about the resolution's language led Moag to ask for a delay in a letter faxed yesterday to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. The letter asked that the resolution be considered "later in the calendar year."

Moag said yesterday that he viewed the resolution as "a last resort" and something he wanted to consider closer to the end of the year, the deadline the governor has established for trying to procure a team.

"It's just a recognition that there is a sequence of events," said Moag, who is actively trying to lure existing teams to Baltimore.

The league did not respond to requests for comment.

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