The group seeking a baseball team for RFK Stadium appeared to move closer to finalizing its structure yesterday. Meanwhile, the Montreal Expos moved further from being offered to prospective owners outside Quebec.

At the request of John Akridge, a Washington developer who is leading the District group, D.C. Baseball Commission Chairman Frank Smith has scheduled an "emergency" meeting of the commission for today at the District Building.

Smith faxed a memo to commission members yesterday that said Akridge "has asked me to call an emergency commission meeting in order to allow him to make a major announcement regarding the proposed baseball ownership package for Washington, D.C."

Speculation centered on Akridge's expected announcement that his group has gained the financial backing to obtain one of two expansion franchises the National League will add in 1993. But Sovran Bank President Robert Pincus, who has been helping Akridge organize the group said, "We just want their {the commission's} endorsement." Friday is the deadline to submit responses to a questionnaire distributed by the NL Expansion Committee and a $100,000 deposit on the $95 million entry fee.

Pincus said last week the D.C. group was "pretty close" to reaching its goal of $100 million to $125 million in cash it believes it will need to pay the entry fee and other start-up costs. Capital Region Baseball Inc., a group of area businessmen seeking a team for Northern Virginia, said last Friday it has obtained commitments for $125 million to $150 million in cash and will go forward with its application to the NL.

Smith could not be reached for comment. His executive assistant Mark Brown would only confirm that the commission will be meeting today. Audrey Moore, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, is a member of the commission.

One of the organizers of Capital Region Baseball expressed concern about the prospect of the commission making any kind of an endorsement.

"Certainly, we would not want one effort endorsed over the other," said Ira Saul, vice president of Capital Region Baseball. "All of us have the same basic desire -- bringing baseball to the Washington area. We differ on how to do that, but we all want to do the same thing."

Akridge's group wants a team to play at RFK. Capital Region Baseball has proposed beginning at RFK, then moving to a new stadium in Northern Virginia.

Washington's chances of obtaining a team likely would be enhanced if the Expos were offered to an American buyer, but the chances of that happening seemed to shrink when the club announced it has reached a sponsorship agreement with Labatt's Brewery worth $23 million (U.S. currency).

Montreal owner Charles Bronfman wants to sell the club to local interests, but he has said if none come forward by Sept. 1, he will open the bidding to U.S. groups.

Expos President Claude Brochu said yesterday he hoped the agreement with Labatt's will be followed by similar deals with other companies. He said the agreements could be worth a combined $60 million, perhaps enough to convince local investors the club is financially viable even though it has struggled with falling attendance.