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WILL NFL VETERAN PLAYERS "DOG-IT" WITH GUARANTEED CONTRACT?
Published March 2, 1998
In the tentative deal reached by the NFL and NFLPA to extend its CBA through 2003, there is "some ambiguous language in the agreement to redirect some TV money to help needy teams pursue new stadium construction," according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER. Steelers President Dan Rooney: "The problem with that is the confusion. The (people in) Pittsburgh and Denver, they'll think, 'OK, now the league's going to pay for stadiums.' That is not going to help. All this does is help a little." Grossi added that the union "held the advantage in negotiations, but it declined to hold out for such givebacks as eliminating the restrictive franchise player and transition player designations" (PLAIN-DEALER, 3/1). In San Diego, Jerry Magee examines the "dogging-it" clause in the tentative deal which applies to a player with a guaranteed contract being warned by the team over the "intensity" of his performance. Magee: "Intensity is not a matter that can be legislated. It is a character thing. It should be left that way" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/1). OTHER FOOTBALL NOTES: ESPN's Chris Mortensen said that members of the Black Coaches Association "feel progress is being made" where "the pool of coordinators -- black coordinators -- is starting to get deeper." Mortensen: "We now have ten black coordinators on the offensive and defensive side of the ball in the NFL, which has widened the pool. They're happy with that. What they're not happy with is what's going on in the NCAA, where there are only five head coaches out of 114 schools, and the coordinators, just about ten, really, what they have in the NFL" (ESPN, 3/1). ...USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes reports that Joe Kapp's planned pro football league includes former Rams exec Don Klosterman and ex-NFL QB Craig Morton. The league "targets Hispanic- American fans in New York, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Orlando, Mexico City and San Jose" (USA TODAY, 3/2).