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HOW MUCH DO SPONSORS REALLY AFFECT NFL PLAYERS?
Published March 22, 1995
"Cap dodging" in the NFL is the topic of a piece by Len Pasquarelli in this morning's ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. Citing Deion Sanders' recent deal with Sega -- which is reportedly dependent on him staying in San Francisco -- Pasquarelli writes, "Short of an in-depth investigation of a player's bank accounts and tax records, any complicity between an NFL team and a friendly corporate entity could be virtually impossible to substantiate." The topic was also raised at last week's owners' meetings. Saints Owner Thomas Benson: "You'd need the IRS and the FBI ... and you still might not turn up anything concrete." Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has scrutinized the 49ers/Sanders deal and found it "to be above board": "Endorsement contracts for players have been part of the game since Joe Namath arrived on the scene, if not before that" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/22).