Cowboys' Jones wins again: revenue sharing unchanged 'Every man for himself,' declares Bengals' Brown zTC

February 10, 1996|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF

CHICAGO -- NFL owners failed to close the gap between the haves and have-nots at their meeting yesterday.

They passed an extension of the current collective bargaining agreement by a 25-5 vote, but it did not include new revenue-sharing provisions.

The vote was overshadowed by the Baltimore-Cleveland settlement, but it could have far-reaching ramifications because it will put pressure on low-revenue teams to move for better deals.

"It's every man for himself," said Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, who voted against the extension because it doesn't include new revenue sharing.

It was another win for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who opposes revenue sharing, and he was gracious in victory.

"I'm against a lot of things that are passed," he said.

The CBA extension means the uncapped year will be switched from 1999 to 2000, so Jones can't dump a lot of contract money into the 1999 season. The deal could be extended two more years if both sides agree in the future.

The NFL Players Association wanted more revenue sharing tied to the CBA extension, but league officials seemed confident the union still will approve it.

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