John Akridge, leader of a group seeking a major league baseball team for RFK Stadium, said yesterday Montreal Expos owner Charles Bronfman has declined to consider selling the team to any group from outside Quebec.

Bronfman is "shutting off inquiries from anyplace else," Akridge said after a party representing his group had contacted Bronfman, who announced Tuesday he believed local investors would purchase the Expos and keep them in Montreal.

That has been the preference of Bronfman, his fellow baseball owners and major league officials ever since Bronfman put the Expos up for sale last spring. But lack of interest from local investors finally prompted Bronfman to say he would begin considering offers from U.S. groups after Sept. 1.

The deadline has produced results. Last week, the Expos announced they had concluded two sponsorship agreements worth a combined $37 million (U.S. currency), and Tuesday a group of Montreal credit unions announced it is willing to invest $5 million toward the purchase of the Expos.

"He {Bronfman} said sufficient leadership has come forward; that there is sufficient interest in Quebec to keep the team in Montreal," Akridge said. "It kind of puts an end to that lead at this point. It was a long shot, and when long shots don't come home, you're not disappointed. It's an emotional issue in Quebec, and I can understand that."

Asked if his group would remain interested if a sale to investors from Quebec could not be concluded, Akridge said: "We're not holding our breath. We're pursuing our application for an expansion team. That's the only avenue open to us."

In developments involving the two teams the National League will add in 1993, the NL Expansion Committee met yesterday to initially review the applications filed by Tuesday's deadline.

The league office confirmed a response to the committee's questionnaire and a $100,000 deposit on the $95 million entry fee had been received from prospective ownership groups representing Washington, Buffalo, Charlotte, Denver, Miami, Nashville, Phoenix, Sacramento, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando.

A total of 18 groups is believed to have applied.

Feeney also said the panel will hear presentations from prospective ownership groups sometime in the last two weeks of September.

Ira Saul, vice president of the Washington-area group that wants to initially locate a team at RFK Stadium, then move to a new stadium in Northern Virginia, said his group no longer is considering the present location of George Mason Junior-Senior High School as a potential stadium site.

The group's leader, Mark Tracz, said last night it received a resolution of support from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. It already has such a resolution from Loudoun County and is hoping for others.