Own­ers, play­ers rat­ify cap deal that pun­ishes Red­skins, Cow­boys

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

PALM BEACH, FLA. | NFL own­ers rat­i­fied the agree­ment be­tween the league and play­ers’ union that takes away $36 mil­lion in salary cap space from the Red­skins and $10 mil­lion from the Cow­boys.

Other than Dal­las and Washington, no club voted Tues­day to op­pose the agree­ment, which raised the salary cap for 2012 from about $113 mil­lion to $120.6 mil­lion. The Cow­boys and Red­skins have sought ar­bi­tra­tion, which will be con­ducted by Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia pro­fes­sor Stephen Bur­bank.

Both teams were pe­nal­ized for over­load­ing con­tracts in the 2010 un­capped sea­son de­spite league warn­ings not to do so. Each must take at least half the re­duc­tion this year.

The Cow­boys will play in the sea­son opener on Sept. 5 at the Su­per Bowl cham­pion New York Gi­ants. That game will be on a Wed­nes­day night for the first time; Pres­i­dent Obama is sched­uled to ad­dress the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion on Sept. 6.

The own­ers also ap­proved com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee rec­om­men­da­tions for points of em­pha­sis in the up­com­ing sea­son, in­clud­ing blows to the head, horse-col­lar tack­les and taunt­ing.

The own­ers will vote Wed­nes­day on whether to make horse-col­lar tack­les of quar­ter­backs in the pocket a penalty.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New Or­leans coach Sean Pay­ton planned to meet with Bill Par­cells on Tues­day about coach­ing the Saints this sea­son. Pay­ton will be serv­ing a sus­pen­sion.

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