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THE BALTIMORE SUN

The NFL's expansion committee will have a meeting by conference call today and receive an update from the commissioner's staff.

The staff members have collected information on all the expansion cities and were in St. Louis last week.

The expansion committee is expected to rubber-stamp the staff's findings and will make a report to the rest of the owners at their annual meetings in two weeks in Palm Springs, Calif. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has said no major decisions are expected at that meeting and will limit each group to two representatives.

Herbert Belgrad, the chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, noted that the owners haven't officially announced the restarting of the expansion timetable now that the league has reached labor peace, although Tagliabue said at the Super Bowl that the league hopes to add two teams by October.

The committee's original goal of adding two teams last fall to play in the 1994 season was delayed by the lack of a labor agreement.

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