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NFL OWNERS DISCUSS BUSINESS OUTSIDE CHICAGO
Published November 2, 1994
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said that a decision on the divisional placement of the expansion franchises in Jacksonville and Charlotte will be made today. The owners will determine which conference and division the expansion teams will play in, by either a vote of the clubs -- which now seems highly unlikely -- or by the commissioner exercising his powers if no consensus can be reached. All indications are that Tagliabue will place Carolina in the NFC West and Jacksonville in the AFC Central. But Tagliabue maintained support is gaining for realignment: "People are beginning to realize that realignment can be a very positive aspect of our league" (Thomas George, N.Y. TIMES, 11/2). NFC WEST WILL BENEFIT: If Carolina joins the NFC West, as expected, then the resulting five-team division would feature at least two of the NFL's highest-paying franchises in terms of revenues doled out to visiting clubs: Carolina, which will guarantee $1.28M per game to visitors, and San Francisco, which currently has the league's largest payout, $890,000 (Len Pasquarelli, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/2). DECISION ON '99 SUPER BOWL: NFL owners will also decide today whether to award the 1999 Super Bowl to either San Francisco or Miami. Several sources suggested yesterday that the league is "poised" to choose San Francisco if concerns about Candlestick Park are satisfied. Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen: "It all depends on how the membership looks at Candlestick. We're very satisfied with the city itself. I think we'd like to go back there." But Super Bowl Policy Committee member Jim Irsay maintained that Miami is still "the town to beat" (Greg Cote, MIAMI HERALD, 11/2). OTHER ISSUES BEING DEBATED: Among other issues discussed by the owners yesterday were corporate ownership; revenue sharing; whether to reduce the two-thirds voting requirement now in place to pass or defeat major issues; and scheduling for the '95 season (N.Y. TIMES, 11/2).