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PAT BOWLEN TALKS NEXT TV DEAL WITH USA TODAY'S GORDON FORBES
Published September 23, 1997
NFL TV Committee Chair Pat Bowlen told USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes that the league will not see a 100% increase in its next TV contract. Bowlen: "In my mind, that is unachievable. Fox paid $400 million a year the last time around, and I can't imagine Fox paying $800 million this time." Bowlen added that, in regards to the length of season and game schedule, the league will likely "stick with its present format." He also expects a new TV deal by late December, possibly earlier (USA TODAY, 9/23). TO-DO LIST: In Miami, Greg Cote offered suggestions to "improve the NFL." Among them: "Fight the corporate-cold, No Fun League rap by encouraging, not restraining, free- spiritedness;" "Tighten and enforce the salary cap so it isn't the joke it has become;" End the 72-hour blackout rule for more games on local TV; and start "Monday Night Football" at 8:00pm ET, not 9:00pm ET (MIAMI HERALD, 9/21).