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NFL NEWS & NOTES: REALIGNMENT; UPSHAW IN DENVER
Published October 24, 1994
Steelers President Dan Rooney has come up with his "fourth, and final" realignment plan to be voted on by owners when they have their fall meeting in Chicago on November 1-2. Rooney's latest plan has the Seahawks (NFC West) and Buccaneers (AFC East) switching conferences and the Falcons (NFC East), Cardinals (NFC West), Colts (AFC Central) and Oilers (AFC West) switching divisions. That would put the Panthers in the AFC Central and the Jaguars in the NFC Central (Timothy Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 10/23). UPSHAW IN DENVER: NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw stopped in Denver as part of his tour of NFL cities explaining the salary cap system to the rank-and-file. Upshaw: "It's a performance- based system. If you do well, you'll get paid. If they don't want to pay you, you can go somewhere else and play" (Rick Morrisey, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 10/23). JONES VS. THE LEAGUE: In Boston, Will McDonough reports that Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones "has been calling up some of the newer owners in the league" -- such as the Patriots' Robert Kraft and the Eagles' Jeffrey Lurie -- "trying to enlist their aid" in Jones' push to change the rules on the division of profits from NFL Properties. Jones wants to divide the money in proportion to sales per team (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/23). Speaking at the Smithsonian Associates series on the NFL's 75th Anniversary last week, former Cowboys GM Tex Schramm took exception to Jones' plan: "The League has been built down through the years by people who put the League first and their own franchise second. ... You are getting different people in the League today. Now, I don't know what's going to happen, but I know what I would do if I were Wellington Mara or Chicago, let's say. I would tell Jerry, 'You know, you got a darn good idea. You keep the Properties' money, but we'll keep New York's share of the television money'" (THE DAILY).