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DINNER AT THE PALM? NFL OWNERS MEET IN NATION'S CAPITAL

          NFL owners meet in Washington, DC, today and Wednesday
     for their fall meetings.  USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes writes
     that among the issues being discussed will be the St. Louis
     Convention and Visitors Commission's (CVC) $130M antitrust
     suit against the league.  Although the Rams "are not a
     coplaintiff in the suit," they are entitled to $14M of any
     settlement or 50% of any damages awarded.  NFL
     VP/Communications Joe Browne: "A large number of owners are
     upset at the notion that the Rams may benefit even more than
     they already have from their move to St. Louis."  49ers
     President Carmen Policy: "We feel betrayed and embarrassed. 
     We're the ones who voted to permit the move" (USA TODAY,
     10/14).  In St. Louis, Bill McClellan wrote on the first
     week of the trial: "The first quarter score is in, and the
     NFL is ahead.  Maybe way ahead" (POST-DISPATCH, 10/13). 
          TV TALK: Broncos Owner and NFL Broadcasting Committee
     Chair Pat Bowlen is interviewed by Richard Sandomir of the
     N.Y. TIMES on the NFL's next TV deal.  Bowlen: "The ratings
     don't matter.  I really think they don't impact us at all." 
     Bowlen added that Fox must pay "more than a token increase"
     above its $395M-a-year NFC package and hinted that Fox may
     want more than the NFC package: "They'd like to add, take
     your pick, cable or another broadcast package.  They could
     take a swipe at the whole thing on Sunday afternoon.  I
     don't know if that's in our best interest, but there's been
     conversation about it" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/14).  Cowboys Owner
     Jerry Jones is interviewed by USA TODAY's Larry Weisman.  On
     the next TV package, Jones said, "I'm limited in what I can
     say. ... I know it's going to be substantial" (USA TODAY,
     10/14).  In N.Y., Mike Freeman noted that some agents feel
     the league's next TV deal will lead to a "doubling" of the
     salary cap, bringing it to $70M from its current level of
     $41M in four to five years (N.Y. TIMES, 10/12).  The
     HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Stephen Battaglio wrote that "talk
     continues to circulate in sports TV circles about a CBS
     proposal for a new NFL package if it can't get an existing
     one.  One scenario has the network getting Saturday NFL
     games each December -- following the conclusion of the
     college football regular season -- two games on
     Thanksgiving, and occasional Thursday night games that now
     air on cable" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 10/13).
          DECADE: On Sunday, NBC's Will McDonough reported that
     NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and NFLPA Exec Dir Gene
     Upshaw "have been talking about extending the current" CBA,
     "possibly to the year 2007" ("NFL on NBC," 10/12).

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