NFL owners, players unlikely to settle before June 15 court date

PRO FOOTBALL

May 24, 1992|By VITO STELLINO

When the NFL Players Association ended its last strike Oct. 15, 1987, by sending its players back to work without a contract and filing a free agency lawsuit, Pete Rozelle was commissioner, Tom Landry and Chuck Noll were still prowling the sidelines and Paul Tagliabue was an obscure lawyer.

It remains to be seen if that's enough to save the league.

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Fore!: Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien hopes to stick to the fairways in the Kemper Open this week. The golf tournament gave him a spot to capitalize on his popularity in Washington.

Rypien, though, seems to be hitting the rough in his negotiations with the Redskins. He's far apart in the talks and is trying to use the Canadian Football League as leverage, but that's not likely to work with owner Jack Kent Cooke.

Remember, Cooke let John Riggins sit out the 1980 season in a contract dispute and he publicly called Rypien a "a bloody idiot" when he held out last year.

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Old habits: Lawrence Taylor skipped the New York Giants minicamp although he's under contract. Taylor will be fined, but coach Ray Handley said, "This is the time of year Lawrence

doesn't think much about football."

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