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NFL OWNERS DISCUSS BUSINESS OUTSIDE CHICAGO

     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).
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