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BOTH SIDES CAST THEIR EYES TOWARD AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
Published September 12, 1994
When Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "waves his magic wand today, tomorrow or Wednesday," he will "cast the future of the game -- short- and long-term -- into a sea of doubt" (Joel Sherman, N.Y. POST, 9/12). "Baseball has had seven previous work stoppages but never has known the kind of chaos that will ensue if it enters the off-season" without an agreement (Phil Rogers, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/10). POINT OF NO RETURN: Weekend reports in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE had Selig set to make the "formal announcement" today that he was calling off the rest of the season, the playoffs and the World Series (Jerome Holtzman, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/10). But MLB denies that any decision has been made (USA TODAY, 9/12). Bob Costas said, while the strike "may not be fatal" to the game, there is already "long-term damage": "I don't think that baseball will ever be, in our lifetimes, what it once was" ("Meet the Press," NBC, 9/11). CENTER OF THE STORM: ESPN's Peter Gammons: "The [MLBPA] now believes that Bud is far more powerful than they ever thought. ... Now the question is, is Bud going to be the hero and just close this down and resume the season or is he going to let it go?" ("SportsCenter", 9/10). In Dallas, Phil Rogers writes, "Here he sits, for all intents and purposes willing to become the Man Who Killed the World Series" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/11). Selig: "A lot of people have been taking shots at baseball and me ... but they haven't seen the numbers, they don't understand the problems" ("SportsCenter", 9/11). NBC made a point of showing Selig in attendance at the Green Bay-Miami game in Milwaukee. Selig was interviewed briefly during the 3rd Quarter: "I hope there will be talks tomorrow, but there is nothing planned" (NBC, 9/11). ON THE SAME PAGE? Orioles owner Peter Angelos said he was not in the loop on the decision to reject the players offer, despite Selig's claims that all owners were apprised of the players' position. Orioles Vice Chair Joe Foss said he talked to two other teams who were not contacted either (Peter Schmuck, Baltimore SUN, 9/10). NOT TOO TORN UP: Smith Barney media analyst John Reidy called the strike a mere "distraction" for ABC and NBC: "You are much better off to be doing your regular season programming. Sure, baseball gets some great ratings, but it doesn't build a schedule" ("Nightly Business Report," PBS, 9/9). In Boston, Jack Craig concurs: "The entertainment divisions of the networks will take over the time periods, allowing them to keep all the revenue in what is currently a booming advertising market" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/11).