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Rose Bowl Is on NFL's Agenda

March 18, 2003|Sam Farmer

The viability of the Rose Bowl will be a discussion topic at the NFL owners meetings next week in Phoenix, but there will be no formal presentation touting the stadium as a pro football solution.

There was a possibility that a Rose Bowl contingent, led by investment banker John Moag, would deliver an encore presentation to all 32 owners. Moag and his associates addressed a smaller group of owners, including the so-called Los Angeles task force, at a meeting two weeks ago in Palm Beach, Fla.

The highlights of that presentation will be passed along to the full body of owners by those on the task force: New England's Bob Kraft, Cleveland's Carmen Policy, Carolina's Jerry Richardson, Pittsburgh's Dan Rooney, Miami's Wayne Huizenga and Jacksonville's Wayne Weaver.

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who this year attended his first Rose Bowl game, said last spring that he would strongly consider awarding Pasadena a Super Bowl in a "significantly renovated" Rose Bowl. The only way the Rose Bowl could be significantly renovated, of course, is if it were the permanent home of an NFL team.

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