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CNN/SI REPORTS THAT GENE UPSHAW SET FOR CONTRACT EXTENSION
Published September 22, 1997
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).