The chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority said yesterday that Baltimore has restructured the financial package it is offering to St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, who is considering moving his pro football team.

But Herb Belgrad said that, although there are "more dollars in the new proposal than the old proposal" because of give-and-take negotiations, he does not agree with a report in the Baltimore Sun characterizing the latest offer as a "sweetened deal."

"The original proposal was a preliminary proposal we intended would be followed by a face-to-face meeting . . ." Belgrad said. "We left intentional gaps . . . The modifications made were the normal ones that would be made when you have give-and-take discussions. The only thing that has occurred was that the timetable was much delayed."

Bidwill has until Friday to notify the league of his intentions. According to a report in The Boston Globe, Baltimore is running second to Phoenix/Tempe if Bidwill decides to move, as expected. Baltimore's restructured proposals come after a week of intense negotiations between Bidwill and Arizona officials, followed by a Maryland delegation meeting Bidwill and his attorney Saturday in St. Louis for their first face-to-face negotiations.

According to the Sun, sources said the stadium authority's latest proposal includes a guarantee of up to 60,000 tickets sold per game for a period of time over the course of the lease and for at least 60 luxury suites in the new football stadium to be built in Camden Yards.

The Sun also reported that the stadium authority had offered Bidwill a larger share of revenues from parking, food and beverage concessions and advertising.

Belgrad said the substance of the report was "grossly inaccurate."

Belgrad, who has continued to decline to speak in specific details about Maryland's offers, said the dollar guarantee of the Baltimore business community made in the November proposal "is the same number as it is today" for season tickets, sky boxes and premium seats."

He also said that the authority always has intended for 52 luxury suites for the baseball stadium in Camden Yards and 104 for the football stadium. As for an increased share of parking, concessions and advertising revenues, Belgrad said the offer in that area is "identical to the Orioles before I'd ever heard of the Cardinals and {it} hasn't been changed."

Belgrad said the meeting Saturday allowed the Maryland officials to discover Bidwill's priorities and to ascertain the weaknesses in proposal. Belgrad said he disagreed with published reports that one of the Maryland offer's biggest weaknesses was having to play at least two years at Memorial Stadium before the new 70,000-seat stadium, which Maryland authorities have assured Bidwill will be a dome, is completed.

"Bidwill knew from the start that the only alternative for the next two years if he wanted to come to Baltimore was Memorial Stadium," Belgrad said. "He also recognized the limitations of Memorial Stadium."

Memorial Stadium seats about 60,000 for football; if Bidwill accepts the Phoenix offer, the Cardinals will move into Arizona State's 74,000-seat Sun Devil Stadium and area businessmen have agreed to build and lease 60 sky boxes there. At the conclusion of negotiations last week, Phoenix officials prepared documents that would seal the move.

Said Belgrad: "I think we'll know something in the next few days, either by discussions or the lack of discussions."