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JUDGE DOTY RAISES NFL SALARY CAP BY $2 MILLION
Published February 16, 1996
U.S. District Judge David Doty agreed with the NFLPA's objection to the calculations for the '96 salary cap and raised the cap by $2M to $40.8M per team on the eve of today's opening of the free agent season. Judge Doty set a hearing for next Thursday to give the league a chance to argue for a reversal. The '95 cap of $37.1M had risen to $38.77M after an independent audit of team revenues, but the NFLPA objected citing added money from the new expansion teams. NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello: "We agree with the auditor's position." While the judge offered both sides the option of delaying the start of free agent signings until next week, Aiello said he expects signings to begin today as scheduled (Larry Weismann, USA TODAY, 2/16). In San Jose, Clark Judge notes Doty's ruling came just hours after the 49ers had "successfully squeezed" under the $37.8M figure through restructuring (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/16).