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NFLPA CALLS UNCAPPED YEAR IN 2000 A "VERY BIG ISSUE"
Published February 5, 1998
The NFLPA "has informed the league that it is prepared to allow" the CBA to expire after the 2000 season and not extend it through 2002, according to Leonard Shapiro of the WASHINGTON POST. The present CBA calls for an end to the salary cap for the 2000 season, but the league and union had been negotiating to extend the deal, "and cap," through 2002. NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw said NFL owners want the cap through 2002 "to cover the first five years" of the new TV deal. Upshaw: "We're not willing to do that unless they're willing to be give us something in exchange, and so far they haven't been willing to do that." He declined to say what the players would want, but said, "Uncapped years is a very big issue to us." NFL Senior VP/Communications Joe Browne said league owners will discuss the CBA at their February 18 meeting in Dallas (WASHINGTON POST, 2/5).