SBD/2/Leagues Governing Bodies

WILL NFL VETERAN PLAYERS "DOG-IT" WITH GUARANTEED CONTRACT?

          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). 

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