SBD/31/Leagues Governing Bodies

WHILE CHILLIN' IN HONOLULU, TAGLIABUE GOES UP CLOSE

          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).

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