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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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