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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 1, 2006 / 3 Iyar, 5766

Turmoil brews beneath NFL's newfound tranquility

By Evan Weiner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It would appear that all is well in the National Football League. The league is staging its draft this weekend in a festive atmosphere, the television contracts are done, and the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which assures labor peace through 2013, is in place.


But look under the NFL rock, and you'll see the last week has brought some major problems. In New York, Senator Schumer has decided to keep a close eye on the NFL owners' revenue sharing plan and how the new CBA impacts New York's only NFL team, the Buffalo Bills. Two western New York congressmen, Brian Higgins and Thomas Reynolds, are also monitoring how the owners share revenue.


Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who was one of two owners to vote against the new labor agreement, is concerned that his team won't be able to afford to sign players over the life of the contract because the salary cap may be too high for his small market team. As of now, the NFL salary cap is about $105 million annually, but Wilson is afraid that over the course of a contract, that number will rise more sharply than the Bills' ability to raise revenue, meaning the Bills' future in Buffalo is shaky at best.


It is unclear what exactly Congressman Higgins, who represents the Buffalo area, can do, but the representative is considering holding House hearings on the new CBA. Congress is not going to undo the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961, which allowed the then-14 NFL teams to pool their resources and sell their TV package as one instead of 14 separate entities; nor is Congress going to undo the 1966 American Football League-National Football League merger.


Last Thursday, Mr. Schumer met with NFL head man Paul Tagliabue and put pressure on the outgoing commissioner to appoint Wilson to the revenue sharing committee so that at least one small market owner would have a voice on how the league divides revenue. Tagliabue then issued a statement that the new CBA would be good for small market teams in Buffalo, Green Bay, Jacksonville, and Kansas City.


Congress may not be able to do much except exert some pressure on NFL owners to make sure they take care of the small market teams, much in the same way Congress put the hammer to Major League Baseball owners and its players association last year to come up with a new banned substances policy.


Meanwhile, out West, the San Diego City Council could vote this week to allow Chargers owner Alex Spanos to talk to other cities about relocating his franchise. It seems San Diego can't afford to build a new football facility for its team.


The Chargers' ownership had hoped to put together a deal with San Diego officials to pay for a stadium in exchange for land and tax breaks. Now, Mayor Jerry Sanders is hoping the Chargers can negotiate with smaller cities in the San Diego vicinity — including Oceanside, Chula Vista, and National City — and remain in the area. If Spanos does decide to bolt, he will have to pay a $60 million penalty, something NFL owners don't like to do: pay their way out of a contract. It sets a bad lease precedent.


But Sanders's move may allow both Los Angeles and Anaheim to negotiate with Spanos. The NFL wants to return to the L.A. market by 2009, which would dovetail with the end of Spanos's contract in San Diego. But another problem arises if Spanos pursues Los Angeles: Will he want to put money up for the renovation of the Los Angeles Coliseum? And if he does, would he be happy to share the facility not only with USC, but another NFL team?


The NFL has quietly asked the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission to raise the number of events in the Coliseum from 25 to 35 annually. Apparently, the NFL thinks it can find two compatible owners to share the venue, much like the Giants' Mara-Tisch families and the Jets' Woody Johnson, who are building a new Meadowlands facility together.


The NFL actually needs two teams in Los Angeles for television purposes, but before it can even think about TV, the league has some problems. Unlike the Meadowlands, there is no room at the Coliseum for off-stadium site development, a major consideration for any new pro stadium. Secondly, the L.A. Coliseum Commission may have to think long and hard about allowing the NFL and one or two of its owners to control the naming rights of the historic building. There would be a lot of interest in the naming rights to a Los Angeles stadium, unlike in New Orleans, where neither Saints owner Tom Benson nor the state were able to sell the naming rights to the Louisiana Superdome.


This isn't the first time that the NFL has thought about putting two teams in one Los Angeles area venue. After the Rams left Anaheim for St. Louis in 1994, Raiders owner Al Davis negotiated to build a stadium in the Hollywood Park Racetrack parking lot. The NFL got involved with financing and suggested that Davis could hold five Super Bowls in a 10-year period in the new stadium to help defer the cost. The five Super Bowls became three, then two, then one; then, the Raiders were told they would have to accept a second team in the new facility and share revenues, even though the Raiders would be paying for a portion of the facility. By spring 1995, Davis had rejected the offer and moved his franchise back to Oakland.


The NFL didn't want to return to the Coliseum in the 1990s, but is apparently stuck with it if the league wants to return to L.A. Of course, Spanos may decide Anaheim is a good alternative. He has contributed heavily to Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle's political campaigns, and Anaheim seems willing to put up some money for the stadium.


It's possible the NFL would take Anaheim as the only Los Angeles-area team. But that leads to yet another problem: satisfying the league's biggest revenue producing partners, the TV networks. If Spanos moves the Chargers to the Los Angeles area, CBS would get a "home" team in what is now a neutral market for carriers of AFC games. That would make CBS executives happy, but it would not please FOX, which airs NFC games. FOX would want a second team in L.A. so it, too, would have a "home" team to show weekly.


If all of this isn't enough, the NFL has hired an executive recruitment firm to help identify candidates to become the next NFL Commissioner. Whoever gets the job better get acquainted with Congress, TV executives, and California politicians in a hurry. The peace and tranquility of the new CBA and TV deals have evaporated.

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Previously:

04/24/06: NFL and small town America wherewithal
04/21/06: The Two Scariest Words in Baseball: Salary Cap
04/18/06: Why the major leagues succeed
04/17/06: Fans welcome new stadiums; will stadiums welcome fans?
04/10/06: Fans welcome new stadiums; will stadiums welcome fans?
04/07/06: Don't mess with a congressman/sports fanatic
04/05/06: Los Angles loses yet again
04/04/06: NCAA's highest stakes are first beginning
04/03/06: The real reason Major League Baseball is worried about cheating
03/31/06: Baseball buoyant, better than ever
03/30/06: Affording to be in the big leagues

© 2006, Evan Weiner

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