Speros makes trip to Houston to discuss moving team there

November 08, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Could the Baltimore Stallions be headed to Houston?

Stallions owner Jim Speros is.

Speros flew to Houston today to meet with a group of city officials and investors who he said want to talk to him about moving his Canadian Football League franchise there.

"This has been set up for exploratory purposes only. I'm serious about relocation," said Speros, who declined to name anyone in the investment group. "This is real. They've shown a serious interest in me."

Speros said on Monday -- after the Cleveland Browns announced they were moving to Baltimore -- that he would like to remain here. But he is interested in Houston, a city that soon could lose two of its major sports teams. The NFL Oilers appear to be headed to Nashville, Tenn., and the Astros could end up in the Washington area next year.

"That leaves the Astrodome without a tenant, and Houston is the fourth-largest TV market in the country," said Speros, alluding to the CFL's effort to obtain a major television contract.

"The reason they are interested is they might be losing their sports teams, and they see this as an opportunity where it's not going to cost $140 million to get into a new league," he said.

Speros said he plans to meet with Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Gov. Parris N. Glendening on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of the Stallions remaining in Baltimore with the Browns.

"I'm not doing anything until I talk to the city and the state," Speros said.

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