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THE DAY BASEBALL DIED: ROUND-UP OF TV COVERAGE
Published September 15, 1994
ESPN'S PETER GAMMONS: "If the players association is right and the whole idea has been to try to bust the union, then this will be a war that will go right into June or July and the answer will only be the last man standing. But maybe they will realize that some of those ideas that have been floating around the last few days. Maybe they can forget some of their bitterness, and start to negotiate and can decide that a deal in November is better than a deal in July. I think there will be some push to get this over by the end of December" ("SportsCenter," 9/14). ANDREW ZIMBALIST, author of "Baseball and Billons": "It looked like the owners were up to some dirty business and that is the way it turned out. The greatest likelihood is we might see Double A players and Single A players opening up the season, with the major league owners trying to induce major league players, one by one, to cross the picket line and bust the union ("Market Wrap," CNBC, 9/14). ESPN'S CHARLEY STEINER: "It was like a long suffering old friend, who you knew was going to die. There was sadness in the passing, but there was also a sense of relief as the fat lady has sung on this Kevorkianesque baseball season" ("SportsCenter," 9/14). TOMMY LASORDA: "I think this thing will be settled before spring training is over" ("GMA," ABC, 9/15). CECIL FIELDER: "The owners were trying to get something from us, and we weren't going to give it to them, so it was going to come to this anyway" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/14). AGENT TOM REICH: "We will have the World Series of legal confrontations instead, which is sickening. There will be enough paper flying around here to float to Cuba on. The players are the strongest union I have ever seen and I don't think they will cross any lines, but time will tell" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/14). MARVIN MILLER, Former Exec. Dir. of MLBPA: "The owners now have to sell season tickets holders for a non-existent next year, and they have to sell advertising time to the very people whose contracts they just broke. This is a salesman's nightmare. It will surprise no one if some players break the line, but they aren't going to get a majority and that means they are not going to get an agreement" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/14). ESPN's BOB LEY: "Privately, union leaders are concerned about their rank and file unity in this first baseball nuclear winter" ("SportsCenter," 9/14). PAUL BROWN, FINANCIAL WORLD Managing Editor: "I think one of the pressures that will get this thing settled is pressures from the bank, from television, from the stadium. In a funny way, this situation may actually help a team in trouble. Their value may go up. ("SportsCenter," 9/14). BRANDON STEINER, of Steiner Sports Marketing: "The player's money is still coming in. The companies that these guys signed with are the losers" ("SportsCenter," 9/14). BOB COSTAS: "The owners have done a terrible job making their case to the public and the press, but the owners can always tap into a certain reservoir of sympathy" ("Charlie Rose Show," 9/14). CNN'S MARK MORGAN: "It is safe to say that when baseball does return, it will be vastly different than when it was last played" ("SportsTonight," 9/14).