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WILL THERE BE A SIGNED CBA EXTENSION UNDER THE NFL'S TREE?
Published December 22, 1995
NFL owners "bought themselves at least one extra year of labor peace" with the extension of the CBA, according to Paul Domowitch in Philadelphia. But they were not able to get a cap on signing bonuses -- "the one thing they wanted most." NFLPA Exec Dir Doug Allen: "We were never going to agree to gutting the signing bonus rules. And even if we had been willing to, the players would never have voted for it." Allen said waiting until '99 would have led to a "strained" situation more like MLB (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 12/22). HBO's Gary Myers: "The reason this deal got done Tuesday night is because the owners gave up their fight for what's called 'the cap within a cap' when they were trying to put further restrictions on signing bonuses. They are going to have to rely on their own good judgment now, and also some modifications that came out of the Deion Sanders contract to restrict their own spending" ("Inside the NFL," 12/21).