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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baltimore Likely to Get Team In Need of New Nickname

NEW YORK -- Art Modell is likely to get permission this week to move his football team from Cleveland to Baltimore.


The name "Browns," the brown uniforms and the orange helmets are likely, however, to stay in Cleveland.


The 30 NFL owners will meet Thursday and Friday in Chicago to face the perplexing question of fitting 30 teams into 32 cities. The only feasible answer may be a new round of expansion, a solution cited this week by several team and league sources.


But the major business is likely to be approval of Cleveland's move to Baltimore -- on the condition that the Browns' name and colors stay behind. Vinny Testaverde, the team's quarterback, said Monday he had been told he would play for the "Baltimore Mustangs."


And in Seattle, King County prosecutor Norm Maleng said he has faxed letters to five Southern California officials, warning they would be liable for "very substantial damages" if they enter an agreement that would hinder the Seattle Seahawks from playing their home games in the Kingdome before the year 2005, when their lease expires.


Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was in Washington on Tuesday testifying before a sometimes hostile House Judiciary committee to seek antitrust protection that would allow the NFL to block team moves.


Also there was John "Big Dawg" Thompson, wearing orange shoes and bearing a bone as he symbolized fans in Cleveland Stadium's "Dawg Pound."


"Fans need rights to protect themselves from men who park on runways in Lear jets waiting for secret knocks to sign secret deals to take away our children's opportunity to have investments in the Cleveland Browns or any other NFL team," said Thompson.