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NFL Owners Plan Oct. 10 Meeting to Attempt to Elect Commissioner

September 26, 1989|Associated Press

CINCINNATI — National Football League owners will meet Oct. 10 in either Chicago or Dallas to attempt to elect a new commissioner, the league said Monday.

This will be the second try at finding a replacement for Pete Rozelle, who announced March 22 that he was retiring.

The first meeting was July 6 in Chicago. Jim Finks, president of the New Orleans Saints and the only candidate recommended by a league selection committee, fell three votes short of the 19 needed for election at that meeting.

Eleven other teams abstained. Houston officials were not present at the vote, saying they wanted more information. Since then, a new search committee consisting of a combination of the two groups has attempted to find other candidates.

However, Finks remains the front-runner, along with Paul Tagliabue, a lawyer for the NFL who was considered the other most likely candidate when deliberations began. Also on the original list was Robert Mulcahy, the chairman of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, where Giants Stadium, the Brendan Byrne Arena and the Meadowlands racetrack are located.

Several of the dissident owners have recommended that someone with a business background be named to the post.

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