But why would this fledgling league fly after so many others have crashed and burned? "The only alternative league that ever made it was one with a long-term TV contract [the AFL], which obviously this would have," says Corso. "That automatically makes the new league legitimate."
Over A Billion Served
NFL Turns Its Eye on China
Australia will become the ninth foreign country to host an NFL preseason game when the Broncos and Chargers play in Sydney on Aug. 8. But the league doesn't intend to stop there. "We tried to put a game in China in 2000 and couldn't," NFL International senior vice president Don Garber says, "but I think within the next three to five years we'll be there."
In addition to exposing a billion Chinese to the game, the league hopes eventually to sell the rights to televise NFL games in China. Garber also thinks the six-team NFL Europe league could be expanded (under a new name) to North America or the Pacific Rim within five years.
Pushing the Replay Button
The league meetings kick off this weekend in Phoenix with the expectation that owners will restore instant replay after a seven-year absence. The replay proposal that will most likely gain approval features the coaches' challenge system tested last preseason—two or three challenges a game for each coach and decisions rendered by on-field officials using sideline video monitors—with one notable addition: Even without challenges, officials will have the latitude to review plays in the last two minutes of each half....
The Cowboys are seriously considering a bold personnel move, shifting All-Pro left tackle Larry Allen back to his natural position, right guard, and installing mountainous second-year man Flozell Adams at left tackle. They believe it would make their running game more effective....
If John Elway retires, ABC would consider making him the third man in the Monday Night Football booth. One other option for Elway: becoming a partner with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen in business or sport ventures.
The End Zone
From the Stars To Star Power
Free-agent punter Sean Landeta, 37, recently signed a three-year, $1.5 million contract with Philadelphia, quite an upgrade from the last deal he agreed to with a team in that city. In 1983 Landeta signed with the United States Football League's Philadelphia Stars for a $250 signing bonus, five footballs, two pairs of shoes and a salary of $15,500.