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WHILE CHILLIN' IN HONOLULU, TAGLIABUE GOES UP CLOSE
Published January 31, 1997
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was a guest on ESPN's "Up Close" last night. Excerpts from his interview: On Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego: "The timetable is up in the air because of the court case. ... Hopefully we can play the game there ... but it's at risk now. ... We'll have to look at contingency plans and we're doing that. The Rose Bowl ... would love to host the game, I'm sure there would be other cities." On the league's substance abuse policy: "You want to have standards, we have them. You want stiff discipline, we have it. In most cases, tougher than people would run into in the courts." On the next TV deal: "CBS has made it clear that they want to be part of the conversations, and I would expect eventually they would be." On an 18-game schedule: "The 16 games over the 17 weeks works extremely well ... I think we'll be with the same schedule for the regular season, we might look at a different approach for the preseason" (ESPN, 1/30).