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     NFL officials are reviewing Deion Sanders' deal with Sega of
America that pays the all-pro cornerback more money if he stays
with the 49ers.  Sanders, who will help develop a new football
game and serve as a spokesperson for Sega,  stands to earn up to
$2.5M if he stays with the  49ers, but will earn just over $1M if
he goes to another team.  NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello
said the NFL Management Council discussed the issue last week at
the Pro Bowl and "will continue to investigate."  People around
the league have questioned the "propriety" of the arrangement.
If the 49ers had a role, they could be fined as much as $2M.  NFL
rules prohibit undisclosed deals between players and teams or
team affiliates.  Aiello: "Based on what's been reported, it
could raise some serious questions about third-party involvement"
(Darren Sabedra, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/9).
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