BALTIMORE — Peter G. Angelos, who met last week with Ram officials about possibly moving the team to Baltimore, said owner Georgia Frontiere "expressed a soft spot" for the city and that he is optimistic about the chances of procuring an NFL franchise.
Angelos, managing partner of the Baltimore Orioles, flew to Los Angeles last Thursday. He met with John Shaw, Ram executive vice president, and had dinner at Frontiere's Bel-Air home.
"She's a very gracious lady, and I thought the evening produced a very clear conclusion that all parties were very compatible," Angelos said Tuesday in his first public comment on the meeting.
"The meeting went very well," Angelos said. "Obviously, we intend to follow through."
Angelos said Frontiere, widow of former Baltimore Colts and Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom, "feels in a sense that she is a Baltimorean, and she said Baltimore should have a team and is a great sports town."
The meeting was mostly social and did not include an exchange of offers, Angelos said. Frontiere has said she is considering selling a minority share in the team, possibly in conjunction with a move to a city offering a better arrangement than the current home at Anaheim Stadium.
Angelos has said he will lead an investment group to make an offer if the team moves to the state-funded stadium proposed for downtown Baltimore. Larry Lucchino, former Oriole president, and novelist Tom Clancy are also part of the group.
Angelos declined to discuss the content of his conversation with Ram officials, but acknowledged that potential objections by Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke came up. Cooke plans to build a stadium in Laurel, about 15 miles from Baltimore.
"I think they are concerned about litigation, but they feel as we do, that no one wants to litigate but one has to sometimes and the chances for success are excellent," Angelos said.
The Rams probably will meet with other interested suitors, he said. Groups in St. Louis, Hartford, Conn., San Antonio, Tex., and Memphis, Tenn., have expressed interest.
"I think she's going to talk with the rest of the groups and wants to satisfy herself, which is the best arrangement for her and her company," he said. "I'm confident that Baltimore is the best applicant for an NFL franchise both from a financial and a fan standpoint."