Pete Rozelle said yesterday he has a larger concern than whether the Oakland Raiders may move to Los Angeles -- "a fear of anarchy."
The commissioner of the National Football League explained that if the courts determine the Raiders can move despite regulations requiring a vote of approval, "any club that doesn't like a rule can go to court to break it.
"If there is no rule (in force) about shifting franchises, the clubs can be auctioned off to the highest bidder among cities. It could be chaos."
Rozelle conducted a news conference at the official opening of the Baltimore Colt's training complex in Owings Mill, Md.
He said courts in California will accept briefs from the litigants on Friday and NFL club owners will meet on Monday in Dallas "to be filled in on the status of the Oakland situtation."
The commissioner said there were no new developments in the NFL's opposition to control of franchise in different sports as it pertains to Edward Bennett Williams, chief operating officier of the Washington Redskins and owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
Rozelle was asked if the NFL couldn't solve the Los Angeles-Oakland problem faster by putting an expansion team in Los Angeles to replace the Rams, who are departing to Anaheim for the 1980 season.
"I don't know," he said."They (the Los Angeles Coliseum authorities) want an established team."
The commissioner was asked if he had the power Bowie Kuhn, baseball commissioner, exercised against Charles O. Finley when Kuhn canceled a $3.5 million player deal, saying, "This is not in the best interest of the league."
Yes, I do," Rozelle said, "but a court might overrule it." Kuhn's power was upheld in court.