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NFL Owners Agree To Pool Visiting Share Of Gate Revenues

NFL owners voted yesterday to pool the visiting-team share of gate revenues beginning in '02, "knocking down a major obstacle in the path to realignment," according to Rick Gosselin of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS, who notes that owners approved the measure by a 29-1 vote, with two abstentions. Under the current system, the gate is split 50-50 in the preseason and 60-40 in favor of the home team in the regular season. Under the new system, the preseason and regular season would have 60-40 splits, but visitors' shares from "all games would be pooled, and all 32 teams would receive an equal share" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/18). NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue: "Our traditional revenue sharing policies have served the league well. The additional step enables us to base future realignment on its merits, not on resulting economics" (BLOOMBERG, 1/18). Chiefs Owner Lamar Hunt: "There are economic considerations of realigning with a major upheaval of traditional rivalries. This is an important step (AP, 1/17).

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