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NFL OWNERS, PLAYERS TO EXTEND CBA AT LEAGUE MEETINGS?
Published May 22, 1995
In an arrangement that "would be unprecedented in sports," the NFL's owners and players will "try to extend the present collective bargaining agreement for at least three more years," according to Will McDonough in Sunday's BOSTON GLOBE. McDonough cites a "source at the highest levels" who reports that "the people involved realize it would be a great thing for both sides if they can get it done now. [NFL Commissioner Paul] Tagliabue and [NFLPA Exec Dir Gene] Upshaw have been talking and their discussions have been very positive. They both realize it is very important to the financial health of the league to get an extension before TV discussions on new network contracts come up again." McDonough writes that both sides realize that extending the CBA beyond its present expiration in '99 will increase revenues when TV negotiations resume after the current network deals end in '97. Under that scenario, the league "will get much bigger numbers on a new TV contract if the networks are guaranteed that there will be no work stoppages." McDonough reports that the owners will want to "close the loopholes" that exist in the present salary cap and eliminate the current agreement that the '99 season will not have a salary cap. However, McDonough reports that "to agree to that the players will want a bigger share of the revenue" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/22).