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BENSON QUITS NFL FINANCE COMMITTEE POST
Published October 17, 1994
Saints owner Tom Benson resigned his post as chair of the "powerful" NFL Finance Committee. NBC's Will McDonough notes that the owners are "very upset" about his decision: "Benson is upset at the San Francisco 49ers, he feels they have abused the cap, he doesn't like what Jerry Jones has been doing in Dallas and he told the Commissioner that he is tired of being the policeman in the league. Other owners are prevailing upon him to come back but he said he is going to stay away from the chairmanship" ("NFL Live," NBC, 10/16). McDonough also notes that Benson never wanted Wayne Huizenga in the league and "bristled when the NFL changed its rules to allow him to own the Dolphins" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/16). Fox's James Brown also reported the Benson story, adding: "In a related development, it was also revealed that the Ed DeBartolo Corporation, which owns the 49ers, is a limited partner in a Mississippi River Boat casino. However, a league official has told Fox that this is no violation of NFL rules" ("Fox NFL Sunday," 10/16). WORLD LEAGUE OFFICIALS: Broncos President Pat Bowlen, Lions Owner William Clay Ford, Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt and Patriots President Robert Kraft will represent the NFL on an eight-person World League of American Football Board of Directors. News Corp., the NFL's joint-venture partner in the league, also has four seats on the board (NFL).