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CLINTON, CONGRESS PROMISE TO RE-EXAMINE ANTITRUST EXEMPTION

     President Clinton said that baseball's antitrust exemption
should be re-examined: "I don't see how we can avoid a serious
examination of it" (Paul Richter, L.A. TIMES, 9/15).  But
Congressional action remained in limbo following the block of
Senator Howard Metzenbaum's (D-OH) bill Tuesday.  Metzenbaum said
he would reintroduce the bill early next week and indicated that
he "had enough support" to pass the legislation (N.Y. TIMES,
9/15).
     HOUSE ACTION:  On the House side, House Judiciary Chairman
Rep. Jack Brooks (D-TX) will hold oversight on the antitrust
exemption September 22.  Brooks said that the shutdown of the
game "has moved the issue of baseball antitrust exemption to the
congressional-policy radar screen as never before" (Alex Truex,
HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/15).  Acting Commissioner Bud Selig plans to
testify at the hearings (USA TODAY, 9/15).
     OUTLOOK:  MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr:  "[MLB] is the only
unregulated monopoly of its size in the country" ("SportsCenter,"
9/14).  Dave Anderson writes that by "undermining the public's
trust in a World Series, the 28 major league club owners have
also undermined their antitrust exemption" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/15).
But ESPN'S Peter Gammons warned that action is unlikely: "The
owners have a lot of friends in high places" ("SportsCenter,"
9/14).
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