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IS IT SALARY CAP OR BUST FOR THE OWNERS?
Published September 12, 1994
One owner, speaking on the condition of anonymity: "I guess I was naive, but it wasn't until the last few days that I began to suspect strongly that this really is an effort to break the union." A different owner from a different league: "One of the scariest things is old hard-line owners think they're smelling blood. It's bizarre. It's been so long since ownership stayed intact and stood up, this is an unusual position for them to be in at this stage of a strike. When you think about it unraveling, there's a group thinking that we have them where we want them" (Claire Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 9/11). BLUNT TALK: On the "Sports Reporters," Mike Lupica: "They were out to bust his union. This was not a good faith negotiating. I believe it and I mean it when I compare Selig to the Black Sox. This is the greatest scandal in baseball since 1919" (ESPN, 9/11). WHAT'S IT WORTH? Bill Madden writes, "As empty-headed as the owners have shown themselves to be over the years, it is hard to believe they could be so bull-headed as to destroy their own businesses in hopes of bringing the union to its knees" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/11). Peter Gammons notes all sides, even some MLBPA officials, admit it will be hard to keep some players from crossing picket lines next spring, estimates are that franchise and player worth will be devalued 50%: "That means if Tom Werner and Jackie Autry want to burn at the stake rather than sell their teams for the $85 million and $150 million they're asking, they'd be chucking $40 million and $75 million, respectively, just to see Fehr on his knees" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/11).