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National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said James Busch Orthwein, owner of the New England Patriots, has a written commitment to the league to keep the team in suburban Boston.
Tagliabue said the league would not permit the team to move out of New England and that to move, Orthwein would not only have to violate the written commitment but would have to get free of the team's lease at Foxboro Stadium, which runs until 2002, according to a story published in the Boston Globe.(See related stories on sweetheart lease and business reaction on pages 48 and 50.
However, Orthwein's attorney, Walter Metcalfe Jr. of the law firm Bryan Cave, says Orthwein has no written commitment with the league to keep the team in New England.
"That doesn't mean (Orthwein) is going back on his …