Fair point with Taligibue, but explain Rozelle?
That was only five of the thirteen years, there was no expansion in that time, and the city was in the running for the Cardinals.
And when Taligibue became commissioner, I really don't think that mattered so much. Not to mention the Browns did move to Baltimore under his watch, just didn't happen with expansion. And if Baltimore was a significantly better choice in the early 90s than Jacksonville, I would think they would've gotten it. But the owners remembered how the Colts left and didn't think Baltimore could support football. It was a legitimate concern. And as I said, let's say they went through 14 straight losing years like the Orioles, their fears would probably have been justified. Thankfully that didn't happen.
There have been some awful NFL franchises that have either not had serious attendance problems, or did without moving. The Cardinals after the move to Phoenix, the Bengals and Buccaneers, for example.
As for the Browns, Modell was dying in Cleveland without a new stadium, and the other owners wouldn't have forced him to sell instead of going elsewhere. Taligibue had control and influence over the expansion process, but wouldn't have had nearly the same effect over a relocation.
The CFL experience hadn't occurred yet, but there should have been enough evidence between the historical Colts fanbase, the flirtations with relocating teams, the Camden Yards stadium plan, the Hurricane Bowl*, etc. to show support for the team.*That would be the Baltimore version of the Saints in San Antonio and Hornets in OKC, by the way
With the Nats, there were really no other viable options. San Juan wasn't going to work, which they tried a test run with. And btw, the Selig and Angelos relationship was a reason to why DC didn't get a baseball team for so long.
Calling San Juan a test run would be like saying the Colts left after a "test run" playing at the football field at Patterson High School. That was the Expos putting one foot out of the Montreal door, because MLB decided they didn't want to try and make that market work.
As for their relationship, considering that Angelos was on the opposite side of the strike from Selig and had that reputation for a while before the problems with his club management came to the forefront, I don't think their relationship was all that close.