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NFL NEWS & NOTES: PLAN B FREE AGENCY HELD UP IN COURT
Published December 7, 1994
A federal appeals court in St. Louis upheld the approval of a legal settlement that created the NFL's current free-agency system. Last year, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty in Minneapolis "gave final approval" to the settlement between the NFL and its players. Doty said that the labor agreement announced in January 1993 was "fair, reasonable and adequate" to the players who filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the league's old, Plan B, free agency system. Yesterday, the 3-judge panel agreed with Doty and rejected arguments from 26 players who had appealed the decision. The players argued, "among other things, that the court had erred in certifying them as a class and that they were inadequately represented" (AP/N.Y. TIMES, 12/7). NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw was "overjoyed": "It was a slam dunk for us" (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/7). OWNERS MEETING: Some NFL owners will meet in Denver today to talk about ownership policy and revenue sharing. There will be another meeting in New York next week for the owners who could not make it to Denver. Revenue sharing "will be the next big topic as the owners try to balance the revenues between the big- and small-market teams" (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/7).