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REPORT HAS TAGLIABUE LIKELY APPROVING ONE-YEAR CBA EXTENSION
Published October 1, 1997
The NFL's CBA runs through 2000 and there has been speculation that NFL owners would reject an extension through 2001 unless the players "agreed to significant changes in the current salary-cap system," according to Paul Domowitch of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. But with talks set for a new TV deal, the league "can ill afford the threat of another labor war." Therefore, when owners meet in Washington in two weeks for their owners meetings, league sources say Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "will recommend that the owners approve a one-year, as-is extension of the CBA through 2001, then resume the fight for the salary-cap reform next year." But NFLPA Assist. Exec Dir Doug Allen criticizes the league for asserting that large signing bonuses violate the "spirit" of the salary cap. Allen: "How can they stand there and claim they didn't understand you could allocate signing bonuses? That is beyond ridiculous. ... The bottom line is they don't like their own spending habits and they don't like free agency. But that boat left the dock a long time ago" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 10/1).