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October 12, 1994
In a move that could end the expensive fight for the Colts name, Baltimore CFLs owner Jim Speros has initiated talks with the NFL aimed at producing an out-of-court settlement before the case goes to trial.Speros made some offers to the rival league last week, and his attorneys are in communication with the NFL, he said. He declined to discuss his offers in detail, but acknowledged a settlement may leave his team unable to use the Colts name."I am not looking forward to going to court again, and do not think it would come out favorably," Speros said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
Maybe there is a TV Santa Claus. CBS Sports televised the Baltimore Ravens against the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve, and the network didn't force local viewers to endure Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf in the booth. Happy holidays to you, too, Sean McManus, former Baltimore resident and current president of CBS Sports. Thanks for having a little mercy on us. I'm not saying the broadcast team CBS gave us, Spero Dedes and Rich Gannon, was great guns. But it was better than we have been getting lately on the home of “Hawaii Five-O” and the 10,000 other prime-time shows I saw endless promos for on Saturday afternoon.
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By Jon Morgan | September 27, 1994
Jim Speros, the owner of Baltimore's CFL team, said he has abandoned hopes of getting his trademark case against the NFL heard in Maryland and will decide in the next 10 days whether to drop the matter altogether.Speros wants to name his team the Baltimore CFL Colts, harking back to the days when the NFL Colts played in Baltimore. But the NFL and its now-Indianapolis Colts say they own the name.A Baltimore-based federal judge turned down his request to hear the matter and ordered it merged with a court action initiated by the NFL in Indianapolis.
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By Sports Digest | June 23, 2010
Pro football Ex-Stallions owner Speros gets Virginia team in UFL Virginia businessman Jim Speros, who was founding owner of the Baltimore Stallions of the Canadian Football League, is the owner of a provisional Tidewater franchise of the United Football League that will begin play next year, the league announced Monday. Former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams will be the general manager. The franchise, which will be based in Norfolk, will be the UFL's sixth, joining the Florida Tuskers, Hartford Colonials, Las Vegas Locomotives, Omaha Nighthawks and Sacramento Mountain Lions.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | February 28, 1994
Maybe they can, if you're filled with compassion, be charged off as rookie mistakes, errors made by a man who has never headed a football franchise and still is feeling his way. Fortunately, the playing dimensions in the Canadian Football League are longer and wider because Jim Speros has certainly needed the extra space to ramble about while explaining what is quickly evolving into a convoluted plan of operation.He has, to complete the analogy, been all over the field. Enthusiasm, unfortunately, could change to disenchantment.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer John Frece contributed to this article | April 1, 1995
Jim Speros, owner of the Baltimore Football Club, should know soon whether state funds will be used to help renovate 41-year-old Memorial Stadium.After meeting with Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke in Annapolis this week, he said he expects to receive state support."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | February 7, 1994
Jim Speros moved another piece into place for his prospective Canadian Football League team in Baltimore yesterday, when he signed veteran coach Don Matthews to a three-year contract with options for three more years.Matthews will be formally introduced today in a news conference."I don't think I could find a better coach," said Speros, a Virginia businessman who is trying to bring a CFL expansion team to Memorial Stadium for the 1994 season."I had a lot of guys who wanted the job. Matthews was a step above everybody I interviewed."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | September 26, 1994
OTTAWA -- Jim Speros, owner of Baltimore's Canadian Football League franchise, will announce today that he has joined a group trying to bring a National League baseball team to Northern Virginia in 1998.Speros has called a news conference at Memorial Stadium in which he also will address the CFL team's legal battle for the Colts name.Though he declined yesterday to say what his next legal move was, Speros said he planned to introduce William L. Collins III, chairman and CEO of Virginia Baseball Club Inc., at the news conference to discuss the bid for a baseball team.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | January 20, 1995
Unsuccessful in his bid to solicit state funds from Gov. William Donald Schaefer's administration for the renovation of Memorial Stadium, Baltimore Canadian Football League owner Jim Speros will try anew with Gov. Parris N. Glendening.Speros said he has hired lobbyists to encourage legislation on two financial fronts that would enhance the operation of his football team.Attorneys John Stierhoff and Jerry Evans, from the Annapolis firm of Dukes, Evans, Rozner, Brown and Stierhoff, will seek legislation to provide state funds for the stadium and workmen's compensation for the players.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | June 1, 1995
At face value, almost everything about Baltimore's first season in the Canadian Football League looked magical. The crowds, the trip to the Grey Cup, the link to the old-time Colts -- they all held a dream-like quality last year.But not everything was the way it appeared.Beyond the football revival, there were problems.Attendance, for one, was not what it was reported to be. Not paid attendance, anyway.The team boasted a league-leading average of 36,377, but as many as 10,500 fans a game got into Memorial Stadium without buying a ticket.
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By JACQUES KELLY | March 13, 2009
Speros J. Leanos, a retired wholesale wine and spirits salesman, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease March 4 at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson, where he had lived for the past 10 years. He was 92. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., and raised in Annapolis, he was a 1934 Annapolis High School graduate. As a young man, he worked at Jim's Corner, his parents' confectionery store and restaurant on West Street. He was also an A&P grocery store stock boy. He served in an Army infantry unit during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was one of eight survivors when his company was overrun by the enemy at Vielsalm, Belgium.
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February 1, 2005
On Monday, January 31, 2005, PAULINE JAMES LEANOS GRIFFITHS, 80, at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD. Beloved wife of John E. Griffiths. Survived by her sisters, Virginia Elliott of Norfolk, VA, Virginia Elizabeth Alexopulos and Helen Snyder of Annapolis, and her brothers Speros Leanos of Baltimore, MD, Constantine "Gus" Leanos of Annapolis, and the late Fotios Leanos. She was also important and inspirational role in the lives of her nine nephews and two nieces. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 1 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home.
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January 18, 2004
On January 14, 2004 SPERO FOTIES, father of Karen, brother of Angero Sikalis and Helen Proakis, also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers George and Steve Foties. Family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 9 P.M. at CHARLES ZEILER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 6224 Eastern Ave., where Trisaghion Services will be held at 6 P.M. Funeral services will be held Monday 11 A.M. at St. Nicolas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca Street. Interment Oak lawn Cemetery. Arrangements byBRADLEY-ASHTON-MATTHEWS FUNERAL HOME, INC .
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF Kevin Eck contributed to this article | February 26, 1997
He's being pursued by creditors in two countries who claim his failed companies haven't paid their bills. But that's no reason for Jim Speros not to share a little money-making wisdom with friends.The former owner of the Baltimore Stallions, 1995 champions of the Canadian Football League, is holding an invitation-only workshop on his latest "bold new venture."In a letter dated Feb. 11 and sent to former Stallions supporters -- he calls them "team members" -- Speros does not specify what his latest venture is. But, he says, "Here's a hint: the information superhighway is the next great wave of opportunity in this country -- and we have an incredible way to take full advantage of it -- for you and me!"
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 9, 1996
It may be a new area code for Jim Speros, but the owner of the Montreal Alouettes finds himself in a familiar controversy this week.Upset that he hasn't received a $1.375 million loan promised when he moved the Baltimore Stallions to Montreal this season, Speros threatened to pull his Canadian Football League team out of the city with more than half the season remaining.Last night, however, he admitted the ultimatum he issued was a ploy to force the hand of the political leaders who had agreed last March to give him a three-year, no-interest loan.
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By John Eisenberg | August 6, 1996
Opinion: The Ravens need to lose the tape of that "caw" they played over (and over and over) the public address system Saturday night. If they insist on persisting, they should at least sell aspirin at the concession stands.Fact: "That rookie stuff is behind me," said Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after one exhibition game.Opinion: Luis Polonia got picked off too often to have any credibility, but his parting shot about the Orioles' selfishness was right on target. It was nice to hear someone in uniform say it.Fact: Ted Marchibroda's career record is 71-67.
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By Ken Murray JTC and Ken Murray JTC,Sun Staff Writer | August 14, 1994
Saddled with another legal defeat in his bid to bring the Colts name back to Baltimore, Jim Speros was left with two options yesterday.The owner of Baltimore's Canadian Football League team can press forward with the trademark rights case against the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts.Or he can concede defeat and turn the name game over to his fans.As of last night, Speros was leaning toward concession."I don't want to go down a long financial road of unsuccessful court hearings," he said. "I'll make a decision so I don't go too far down the road with no return."
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | June 28, 1995
Baltimore Football Club owner Jim Speros said his sudden decision to give his team a nickname is based primarily on the need to boost the franchise's identity.Speros, who hinted earlier this month that he would come up with a nickname after the 1995 season, announced during Saturday's 37-0 exhibition victory over Birmingham that he would christen Baltimore with an official moniker the day before its July 8 home opener against San Antonio."I've been working behind the scenes with legal people and trademark people on some different names.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1996
In a scene lifted straight from Baltimore's 1994 introduction to the Canadian Football League, Jim Speros will roll out the red carpet tonight at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.Stepping onto it will be local politicians, football heroes from the city's storied past, and, of course, the intrepid CFL owner himself.All this pomp and circumstance will herald the return of the CFL to Montreal after a nine-year absence. What's more, it also completes the awkward transition for Speros from owner of the Grey Cup champion Baltimore Stallions to owner of the reincarnated Montreal Alouettes.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | June 14, 1996
Alleging that Maryland officials and the NFL conspired to betray him, Baltimore Stallions owner Jim Speros sent his lawyer into federal court yesterday and said he will continue battling to keep his lease on Memorial Stadium.Speros, who bitterly moved his football team to Montreal after Art Modell's NFL franchise agreed to come to Baltimore, claims in court papers that Maryland offi cials engaged in "unfulfilled promises, misconduct [and] illegal and conspiratorial acts" to bring in a new team.
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