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REPORT HAS TAGLIABUE LIKELY APPROVING ONE-YEAR CBA EXTENSION

          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).
     
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