With the deadline for notifying the NFL one week from today, it still is unclear whether St. Louis Cardinals owner William Bidwill will move his team and, if so, where.
Bidwill and other Cardinals officials met yesterday with representatives trying to lure the team to Phoenix/Tempe, Ariz. It was the second straight day Bidwell met with the Arizona group. He also has been talking with Baltimore officials, as well as representatives from Jacksonville, Fla., and St. Louis.
In Tempe, Bidwill said that he had not made a decision and will not have made one by the time he leaves there. According to published reports, the highlight of the Phoenix/Tempe bid is construction of 60 luxury boxes at 70,000-seat Sun Devil Stadium and a guarantee by local businessmen of their sale.
Bidwill's latest visit to Arizona came as a surprise, officials there said.
"We're trying to put things in perspective," Bidwill said. "We're trying to define terms, figure out what the situation is. But we don't want to make a circus out of the thing. We're just trying to work out some what-ifs."
Bidwill is expected to meet today with Missouri officials, including Gov. John Ashcroft. On Wednesday, St. Louis officials offered to build the Cardinals a $5 million practice facility and lease it to the team for a nominal fee. Earlier in the week, Bidwill had either visited with or talked to officials in Baltimore and Jacksonville.