Novelist Clancy expected to file $100,000 NFL ownership fee


Best-selling novelist Tom Clancy is expected to formall announce next week his candidacy for ownership of an NFL expansion team in Baltimore.

Baltimore attorney David Cohan indicated Clancy was on course to file a $100,000 ownership application fee with the NFL.

"I'm reasonably confident he's going to be filing," Cohan said yesterday. "If he's going to file, he will have a press conference next week."

Clancy has authored several best-selling spy-thrillers, including "The Hunt for Red October" and his latest book, "The Sum of All Fears." He has been meeting this week with potential colleagues, according to Cohan.

"The feedback is very positive," Cohan said.

Clancy, a native of Baltimore and a resident of Prince Frederick in Calvert County, was unavailable for comment.

Potential owners of two new NFL teams targeted to play in 1994 must file their application by Oct. 1. Communities seeking expansion teams must submit their applications by Sept. 16.

Clancy heads one of eight groups interested in owning a team in Baltimore. The Greater Baltimore Committee and the Maryland Stadium Authority have met with six of those groups and will meet with another, the Bart Starr/Phyllis Brotman group, today.

"We want to assure ourselves before we list anyone in our application that they're committed to filing an application and have the financial capability to qualify," said Herbert Belgrad, chairman of the stadium authority. "We're not asking for confidential financial information. To the extent we feel the individual group is committed, we will list them in our application."

Brotman, president and chief executive officer of Image Dynamics Inc., said yesterday her group was still trying to hammer out a financial arrangement with its primary investor.

"He's very careful not to have his name mentioned," she said. "I can't say there's a commitment there yet."

Meanwhile, Edwin F. Hale Sr., who owns the Baltimore Blast soccer team along with trucking and barging companies, said he is ready to get back in the football picture after a successful proxy battle for control of Baltimore Bancorp.

Hale said he would reassemble his ownership group and meet with the stadium authority next week to "find out where we stand."

He also said he was prepared to go it alone as the main investor, but would consider joining forces with another group. "I have people who want to come in with me," he said.

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