Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All Systems (and Teams) Are Go for NFL Meet

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All Systems (and Teams) Are Go for NFL Meet

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A year ago at this time, the Rams were in the eye of the hurricane. National Football League owners voted down the Rams' proposed move to St. Louis at their annual spring meetings last March 15.

Club owner Georgia Frontiere and team president John Shaw endured a long week in Phoenix. They were lectured - and criticized - by other owners. A happy Leigh Steinberg, co-chair of the Save the Rams group in Southern California, held court in the lobby of the Arizona Biltmore.

Depressed St. Louis football fans, who lost the Cardinals to Phoenix in 1988, and lost out in expansion to Charlotte and Jacksonville in 1993, wondered if pro football wasn't meant to be in their town.

"It was a rough meeting last March," Shaw said. "Now, we're just one of the 30."

As the league convenes its 1996 March meetings Monday in West Palm Beach, Shaw and the rest of the Rams' contingent in Florida will be little more than interested spectators.

The tumult they started last April, when the NFL finally approved the Rams' move to St. Louis, continues unabated. This week in West Palm Beach the 30 club owners are expected to:

Put the finishing touches on the Cleveland stadium deal, which was part of their vote last month in Chicago to move Art Modell's football team from Cleveland to Baltimore. In approving the Modell move, the NFL guaranteed a new team in Cleveland by 1999 if Cleveland built a new outdoor stadium.

Vote on the proposed move of the Houston Oilers to Nashville. (The team would actually play in Memphis next season.) In separate sessions Monday, Oilers owner Bud Adams and Houston city officials will make presentations to the NFL owners. A vote on the move is expected Tuesday or Wednesday.

Hear representatives from the Seattle Seahawks and King County (Wash.) speak to the NFL's stadium and finance committees in separate sessions. …

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