State Sen. Howard Denis is so overjoyed with the progress the people of Montgomery County have made toward forcing the Maryland stadium issue to a referendum that he says he is "dancing in the streets."

What Sen. Denis should know is that if it does go to referendum, the time consumed will almost certainly kill Maryland's chances of getting a professional football team in the foreseeable future and will very probably ensure that Maryland will lose the Orioles. He pretends that his objections to the stadium bill are that the stadiums cannot be paid for as planned and that taxpayers will have to bear much of the cost. His real reason, undoubtedly, is that Montgomery County already has a favored football team (the Redskins) and defeat of the stadium bill will be a giant step toward persuading Edward Bennett Williams to relocate the Orioles to Washington.

I live a long distance from the proposed stadiums and will probably go there infrequently, but it doesn't take much to know that professional football and baseball teams bring national recognition to a state. This, in turn, attracts more industry -- especially service industry -- and is good for business, all of which translates into more jobs and increased tax revenue for the state, counties and cities. In short, the benefits for Maryland would be considerable. Apparently, this is of no interest to Sen. Denis. T. J. ABBOTT Bel Air