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NFL NEWS & NOTES: PLAN B FREE AGENCY HELD UP IN COURT

     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).
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