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TAGLIABUE APPROVES SANDERS CONTRACT WITH 49ERS

     "Despite plenty of backroom mumbling from the NFL teams
jilted by Deion Sanders," NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue
approved the 49ers contract with the All-Pro cornerback.
Tagliabue stated there was no evidence of Nike having any
involvement in the deal.  Tagliabue:  "There is an absence of
linkage with any such organization" (Len Pasquarelli, ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION, 9/29).  Tagliabue admitted the NFL is "powerless to
police sponsors if they act independently of clubs" (Clark Judge,
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/29)
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