SBD/12/Leagues Governing Bodies

PLAYERS READY TO DISCUSS A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

     Weekend talk again turned to the idea of the players
creating their own league.  Braves player rep Tom Glavine:  "It's
been talked about, absolutely.  Some might think it's far-
fetched, but it is not.  Hopefully, we won't get to that point"
(Mike Fish, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/12).  While former MLBPA
general counsel Richard Moss, who tried  unsuccessfully to start
a rival league in '89, sees "another window of opportunity
approaching" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 9/11) -- others are
doubtful.  Peter Schmuck writes, "The logistics of starting a new
league would be so daunting that it seems unlikely that it would
be considered seriously" (Baltimore SUN, 9/11).
     WILL THEY HOLD?  In Chicago, Jerome Holtzman writes, "Many
[players] are eager to return to the field, even with a salary
cap.  Eventually, they will surrender.  And the longer they hold
out, the more they will lose" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/11).  John
Helyar writes the MLBPA is "potentially the far bigger loser" if
the season shuts down (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/12).  On ESPN's
"Sports Reporters," Bill Conlin predicted that the owners will
open the camps next year and "Barry Bonds and a lot of other
players making $2 million a year will come into camp.  If the
union is not broken, it is bankrupt" (ESPN, 9/11).
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