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CNN/SI REPORTS THAT GENE UPSHAW SET FOR CONTRACT EXTENSION

          NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw "is going to become the
     richest union boss in all of team sports," according to
     CNN/SI's Peter King.   Upshaw "is expected" to sign a $1.6M
     per-year deal through 2003 "this week," a six-year extension
     worth $9.6M.  King: "There's going to be a lot of fallout
     over this, because a lot of players have been critical of
     Upshaw over the years.  It's going to be interesting to hear
     the initial reaction from players in the league about
     Upshaw's huge new deal."  CNN/SI's Bob Golic, former player,
     on Upshaw's deal: "This guy is supposed to be helping all
     players as a union leader, not just some players. ... It is
     absolutely a crime if they give this guy this raise, because
     he has not helped all players like his job description tells
     him he's supposed to" ("NFL Preview," CNN/SI, 9/21).

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