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Baseball deal ushers in air of conciliation Newest agreement ensures labor peace in all four pro sports

Truce through 2000

Expert says issues will continue, though

November 28, 1996|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

Free agency and salary restraints in the four major pro sports:

Major League Baseball

Expires: 2000 or 2001, at option of players.

Free agency: After six years.

Salary curbs: A luxury tax on the five highest-payroll teams will deter salaries in excess of pre-determined levels, growing from $51 million to $58.9 million over the term of the contract. No tax in 2000 and 2001.

NBA

Expires: 2001

Free agency: After three years.

Salary curbs: Team salary cap set at 53 percent of designated revenues. Cap grows from $24.3 million this season to a projected $32.5 million by 2001. Players signing new deals with their current teams are not counted against the cap.

NHL

Expires: 2001, but either side can reopen in 1998.

Free agency: Unrestricted after four years for new players; after 10 years for other players making less than average pay; and for any player after age 32, dropping to 31 next year.

Salary curbs: Rookies must be signed to three-year contracts and the pay can't exceed $699,000 (U.S. dollars) this year, rising to $806,250 by the final year.

NFL

Expires: 2000 with option for two more years.

Free agency: After five years, dropping to four.

Salary curbs: Team salaries capped at percentage of designated league revenues, ranging from 62 to 64 percent over contract.

Pub Date: 11/28/96

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