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    flutie2phelan Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    Given that the NFL's stratospheric prosperity depends on those lush new tv contracts
    i've been wondering what effect the disappearance of parity-competitiveness
    might have on the lords of the airwaves.

    Today the tv columnist of the (NY) Daily News adresses that topic.
    After worrying that the looming cap cut carnage would prevent the league
    from scheduling must-see games for primetime,
    he then offers this interesting bit of insider info:

    There's reason to believe the NFL's TV partners would welcome the end of the salary cap. Some look fondly back to the days when there were power teams who made it easier for the networks - and schedule-makers - to project key games.
    While Tagliabue and others applaud a system producing parity, that system has also led to subpar play. In this era there have been few games in which two teams with winning records meet. An NFL without a salary cap could produce marquee matchups, which would send ratings even higher.
    "It probably would be a little riskier, but the rewards are greater," a network insider said. "Where we are right now, there's a little less risk but you don't have as many I've-got-to-watch games."

    - edited extract from Bob Raissman
    link via profootballtalk.com

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