BAD BOUNCES FOR THE N.F.L.

COMING SOON TO A PRO FOOTBALL STADIUM NEAR YOU: BALTIMORE BROWNS, NASHVILLE OILERS AND GARY BEARS

WHAT DOES THE N.F.L. STAND for? That's a question pro football fans are asking in Cleveland, Houston, Chicago, Tampa, Phoenix, Seattle and Cincinnati--all cities whose professional football teams are threatening to leave. It's the same question once asked by fans in Los Angeles, Baltimore, St. Louis, Oakland and New York--all cities whose teams did abandon them in the 1980s and '90s. No Fixed Location? No Fan Loyalty? National Flux League?

What does the N.F.L. stand for? Could it be...greed? How else do you explain the Arizona Cardinals making eyes at Los Angeles just seven years after they moved from St. Louis...

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