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NFL NEWS & NOTES: BROWNS FANS GET A CORPORATE HAND
Published January 10, 1996
Ameritech said it would make phones available in its customer service offices to help Browns fans make free long- distance phone-calls to the league or other NFL team front offices in protest of the Browns' move. The offer runs tomorrow through Sunday. In addition, Save Our Browns is urging fans to use tomorrow to flood the NFL league and team offices with e- mail. Cleveland Mayor Michael White urged fans everywhere to "reach out and touch the NFL" (Adams & Ethridge, Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 1/10). OTHER BROWNS NOTES: 49ers President Carmen Policy said he believes Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will negotiate a settlement before the owners' March meeting. Policy saw the possibility of an "assets swap," where Browns Owner Art Modell gets to move to Baltimore, but "the Browns" stay in Cleveland (Vito Stellino, Baltimore SUN, 1/9)....In motions filed in Cuyahoga County court, attorneys from the Browns and the city of Cleveland are battling over the city's claim that the team and Modell's financial, tax, phone and personal records are crucial in the city's suit to prevent the move. County Judge Kenneth Callahan is expected to rule this week on the matter (Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 1/8). JUST ONE STEP AWAY: At a press conference yesterday, Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said he thought there might be "six- and-a-half" owners who will be rooting for the Cowboys to reach the Super Bowl (Mult., 1/10). SALARY SPREAD: According to the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, never before has the NFLPA's salary survey so "profoundly reflected" the polarization between haves and have-nots. The NFLPA finds 360 players (20%) had contracts averaging more than $1M a year, with highs for the number of players earning over $2M (119), $3M (22), $4M (7) and $5M (4). But, 443 players had deals averaging less than $178,000 -- the minimum for a veteran with more than three years' experience. Of the 22 players making $3M+, 14 were on offense (Len Pasquarelli, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/7).