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Published September 12, 1994
In Philadelphia, Dave Caldwell reports on the latest re- alignment plan submitted by Steelers president Dan Rooney (PHILA. INQUIRER, 9/11). Teams in CAPS change divisions. The Seahawks and Buccaneers would change conferences. NFC EAST NFC CENT NFC WEST AFC EAST AFC CENT AFC WEST Eagles Bears CARDINALS Colts BILLS Broncos FALCONS Lions Rams Dolphins Panthers OILERS Cowboys Packers VIKINGS Patriots Bengals Chiefs Giants Jaguars 49ers Jets Browns Raiders Redskins SAINTS SEAHAWKS BUCS Steelers Chargers WILL IT HAPPEN? Caldwell notes that the league has come up with a $65M revenue pool to compensate those teams that stand to lose money due to realignment. The league will study more plans at a meeting scheduled for September 28-29. If at least 21 owners can agree on two or three plans, realignment could be approved at the NFL fall meeting in Chicago, November 1-2 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/11). In Chicago, Richard Rothschild notes, the Cowboys "moved to the East when they needed help in making a name for themselves. Now that the NFL can use some assistance with realignment, football's most publicized franchise should graciously move to its rightful place in the West" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/11). WHAT WOULD FOX THINK OF TAMPA IN THE AFC? Tampa's WTVT-TV, Channel 13, was one of the 12 CBS affiliates purchased by Fox and New World Communications in May, 1994.