NFL EXPANSION STOCKING PLAN DUE OUT NEXT WEEK
The NFL's "stocking plan" for its two expansion teams is
expected to finalized next Wednesday when league owners convene
outside Dallas for a special meeting. It had been thought that
the Jaguars and Panthers would not learn the specifics of the
player stocking plan until October. However, a league official
said yesterday, "It looks as if the plan will be finalized next
week." The NFL's planned agenda for the two-day meeting is to
address the stocking plan on Wednesday and realignment on
Thursday. "There is not expected to be a decision on
realignment." More likely, realignment will be addressed in more
detail when the league holds its fall meetings November 1-2 in
Chicago (Pete Prisco, FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 9/22).
STUCK ON STOCKING: Several key issues of the stocking plan
"have been major sticking points," including when the two
expansion teams would be free to renegotiate the contracts of the
veteran players they select in the allocation draft. The league
had pushed for a July date, but the teams wanted an earlier date.
It now appears the date will be in April. Another issue has been
which roster would be used for the allocation draft. The
expansion teams want to use the opening day rosters, which would
prevent teams from signing players at the end of the season for
the "primary purpose of exposing them to the expansion teams."
The teams may also have one extra draft pick per round allocated
to them in the regular draft in their first three years of
existence (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 9/22).
SUPER BOWL, COMING TO A STADIUM NEAR YOU? The NFL Super
Bowl Policy committee will meet this week with representatives of
Miami and San Francisco, the two finalists for the 1999 Super
Bowl. A decision could be made at the owners meeting in
November. The Committee will "also be assessing the field for
2000: Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Tempe, and the runner up
of '99, with a decision on 2000 coming late next year (Larry
Weisman, USA TODAY, 9/22).