Belgrad said Baltimore is following Tagliabue's request. 's 29th and 30th teams. Tagliabue, Austrian and Goodell presented the pros and cons of each city, and committee members indicated that the presentations favored Jacksonville. In past years, Baltimore was represented by a larger group and had a hospitality room, but Tagliabue asked the cities not to have hospitality rooms, receptions or large delegations that included political leaders. … . Tagliabue said last year that expansion would come "possibly by 1992, certainly by 1993." . If you have had some enjoyment from reading the 2020 version, please consider making a donation to help out our friend Jill and her family. This list is the best I could come up with for teams that could be a target for an NFL expansion. St. Louis was believed to have been the favorite, although Baltimore seemed to make great strides when its third ownership group entered the picture two weeks ago. But league officials insisted all along that there was no favorite. Expansion Surprise: Jacksonville Jaguars. Baltimore Bombers (NFL, 1993) Baltimore was another city in the running for an expansion team in 1993. With as much talent is in the NFL, it isn’t too far-fetched to think the NFL could be looking to expand soon. The National Football League has been around in some form or another and stoking its fans since 1920. 's career rushing leader when he played for the Chicago Bears. The league officials also liked J. Wayne Weaver, the shoe executive from Darien, Conn., who headed the Jacksonville ownership group. "Jacksonville is a small fish in a very big pond and the only game in town," Payton said. Malcolm Glazer, another Baltimore bidder, seemed near tears. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. The dissenters were Braman, who still wanted Baltimore, and James Busch Orthwein of the New England Patriots, who wanted St. Louis. The 1995 National Football League expansion draft was held on February 15, 1995. But it returned as a bidder at Tagliabue's urging and sold five-year commitments for its 10,000 preferred seats in 10 days. Fortunately, on January 6, 1993, the league and its players reached a seven-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. The APFA became the NFL two years later on June 24, 1922, and expanded to 18 teams. The QB-needy Browns passed on Kurt Warner in 1999. William B. Dunavant Jr., who heads the Memphis group, said it would pursue an established team. Thank you. Years ago, officials tried to interest him in seeking a franchise for St. Louis, but he said then that he did not consider St. Louis, a baseball hotbed, as a football city. Last July, the league set a target date of 1993. The NFL have been talking expansion outside of the country for the past several years, and fortunately that talk has simmered down in 2010. Der Draft war notwendig geworden, da die Liga vor der Saison 1993/94 mit den Florida Panthers und den Mighty Ducks of Anaheim um zwei Franchises erweitert wurde und die Kader der beiden Teams mit Spielern gefüllt werden mussten. "This is a win for the Jacksonville community," Weaver said. Tisch and Wellington Mara, co-owners of the Giants, voted to accept the committees' recommendation and take in Jacksonville. Jacksonville becomes one of the league's smallest cities and its second-smallest television market. The speculation about a delay has grown in recent weeks because the NFL has fallen behind baseball in implementing expansion plans. The reigning Super Bowl champions in Kansas City hold the No. will do the next one is uncertain. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. 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