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Starr sacked by group seeking NFL franchise

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr no longer is part of the Baltimore NFL expansion group that formerly carried his name, a spokeswoman for the group said yesterday.

Phyllis Brotman, a Baltimore advertising executive who is a member of the group, said Starr's name won't be listed on the owners' application the group -- now called Maryland NFL Expansion Group Ltd. -- will file with the NFL next week.

Brotman said the group, still meeting with a potential big investor from Maryland, won't include Starr because it wanted to become more of a local group. Besides Brotman, the group will list three other executives from Baltimore -- Lou Grasmick, Henry Knott and Sig Hyman -- and two from Colorado Springs, Colo., Tom Stoen and John Colbrunn.

Brotman said Maryland NFL Expansion Group will file the $100,000 application fee -- only $50,000 is refundable -- with the NFL by Tuesday's deadline.

That means at least five groups will file from Baltimore. The others are headed by Malcolm Glazer, the sole owner of First Allied Corp.; Bethesda real estate developer and Maryland Democratic Party chairman Nathan Landow; Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, the chairman of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, which operates a nationwide chain of clothing stores; and author Tom Clancy.

Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale -- who recently concluded a successful takeover of Baltimore Bancorp -- said he has decided not to file now, but might get involved later, because the deadline "isn't a drop-dead date."

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