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NFL EXPANSION STOCKING PLAN DUE OUT NEXT WEEK
Published September 27, 1994
The NFL's "stocking plan" for its two expansion teams is expected to finalized next Wednesday when league owners convene outside Dallas for a special meeting. It had been thought that the Jaguars and Panthers would not learn the specifics of the player stocking plan until October. However, a league official said yesterday, "It looks as if the plan will be finalized next week." The NFL's planned agenda for the two-day meeting is to address the stocking plan on Wednesday and realignment on Thursday. "There is not expected to be a decision on realignment." More likely, realignment will be addressed in more detail when the league holds its fall meetings November 1-2 in Chicago (Pete Prisco, FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 9/22). STUCK ON STOCKING: Several key issues of the stocking plan "have been major sticking points," including when the two expansion teams would be free to renegotiate the contracts of the veteran players they select in the allocation draft. The league had pushed for a July date, but the teams wanted an earlier date. It now appears the date will be in April. Another issue has been which roster would be used for the allocation draft. The expansion teams want to use the opening day rosters, which would prevent teams from signing players at the end of the season for the "primary purpose of exposing them to the expansion teams." The teams may also have one extra draft pick per round allocated to them in the regular draft in their first three years of existence (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 9/22). SUPER BOWL, COMING TO A STADIUM NEAR YOU? The NFL Super Bowl Policy committee will meet this week with representatives of Miami and San Francisco, the two finalists for the 1999 Super Bowl. A decision could be made at the owners meeting in November. The Committee will "also be assessing the field for 2000: Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Tempe, and the runner up of '99, with a decision on 2000 coming late next year (Larry Weisman, USA TODAY, 9/22).