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  • DENT AND SHARPE GRIEVANCES NOT TYPICAL 'FEATHER IN CAP'

         The 49ers had hoped to have their grievance situation with
    Richard Dent resolved by Friday, but Dent has "protested league
    actions" and it is unclear when the club's salary cap picture
    will be clear, according to today's SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  49ers
    VP Dwight Clark: "I thought this would be over by now.  It's
    starting to make me a little nervous about whether we'll get the
    cap money back.  If not, we've got to start making more
    adjustments."  With no hearing scheduled and no arbitrator
    selected, the league is unclear as to if this is an injury or
    non-injury grievance.  Grady Irvin, Dent's attorney and a former
    NFLPA counsel: "It's our contention his due-process rights were
    violated.  If Richard loses an injury grievance, fine, but this
    is an injury grievance" (Clark Judge, S.J. MERCURY NEWS, 5/11).
         THE SHARPE CASE:  In Milwaukee, Orlando Ledbetter analyzes
    Sterling Sharpe's lawsuit against the Packers, the NFL Management
    Council and the NFLPA.  Ledbetter also notes the significance of
    the suit in terms of the Packers' salary cap.  Packers CFO Mike
    Reinfeldt: "I think it's a little bit different now because of
    the potential of certain grievances to count against the cap.
    There is more motivation for clubs to settle.  Some procedures
    are expedited.  In my particular case it took two and a half
    years before it was finally resolved.  I think that's wrong."
    James Gray, Assistant Dir of Marquette Univ.'s National Sports
    Law Institute:  "It seems to me that the key to this dispute is
    whether or not this is an injury grievance or a non-injury
    grievance.  Sharpe is alleging that the Green Bay Packers, the
    management council and the NFLPA did not follow the rules as
    contained in the [CBA]" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL, 5/10).
    Grady Irvin also represents Sharpe.
    

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