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UPSHAW MEETS WITH AGENTS OVER EXTENSION OF NFL CBA
Published October 23, 1995
NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw met with a "handful of big-name player agents" last Tuesday in Dallas to discuss the proposed extension to the NFL's present CBA. The union and league want "labor peace" beyond '99 when they head into talks for their next TV contract in '98. Since the union "took quite a bit of heat from players and agents during the initial stages" of the implementation of the '93 CBA, Upshaw has been traveling around the country talking with players and agents (Timothy Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 10/22). DEION TALK: The NFL has notified Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones that his team is over the cap "and had better make an adjustment pronto." Under the present CBA, a team is not allowed to play a game if it is over the cap. This was the bye week for the Cowboys, "which is why the league office chose it to bring the Deion Sanders contract matter to a head." Jones maintains Sanders should cost him $2.02M per season against the cap, while the league says the figure should be $3.39M (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/22). INSTANT REPLAY: NBC's Will McDonough conducted a poll for "NFL on NBC" that showed the Cardinals, Bills, Bears, Bengals, Cowboys, Giants, and Bucs against using instant replay. The Panthers, Lions, Chiefs and Jets are "leaning against." NBC's Joe Gibbs: "It's crazy not to use every tool we can to help officials who do make mistakes." NBC's Mike Ditka: "What's best for the league is what the fans want, and the fans want instant replay" (NBC, 10/22).