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Published November 15, 1995
Cleveland Mayor Michael White left open the possibility of court action should the NFL allow the move of the Browns. White: "If I were the commissioner of the NFL I would be concerned about potential legal action of the city of Cleveland against the NFL" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/15). PRESSURE COOKER: Gordon Forbes writes, "The heat is on NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to keep the league from plunging into disarray, if it hasn't already. ... This is clearly Tagliabue's most pressing hour" (USA TODAY, 11/15). In Minneapolis, Curt Brown writes, as "NFL stability goes the way of instant replay and leather helmets," it is time for Tagliabue "to act. ... Whenever you're ready, Paul" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/15). Tagliabue is the man on the spot" (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/15). DAILY JERRY JONES UPDATE: Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said he will have a "counterproposal" within the next two days on how to count Deion Sanders' contract towards the salary cap. But NFLPA General Counsel Richard Berthelsen believes Jones will "lose" if he fights the league to have Sanders' contract restructured. The NFL charged the Cowboys an extra $1.644M toward the cap over the next four years, but Cowboys VP Stephen Jones claims there should be no extra charges because they signed him "under the rules that were in place" (Kevin Lyons, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/15). SUPER BOWL BIDDING RE-OPENS: The NFL will reopen Super Bowl XXXIV to the bidding process previously used, with Atlanta, Miami and Tampa the likely southeastern candidates. Since the decision was made at last week's owners meeting, the sites are yet to be officially notified of the change. Tagliabue had attempted to use the 2000 game and its $200M in local economic impact as inducement for localities to build new facilities. However, his "attempts have been unsuccessful to this point" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/15). ST. LOUIS PAYS UP: The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission will pay the NFL $20M today as part of a league- imposed relocation fee for the Rams. The money was raised from the sale of PSLs. The team is scheduled to pay $9M in relocation fees over a number of years. In addition, the league will receive an additional $17M as its cut from PSL revenue (Lorraine Kee, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/15).