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Published October 13, 1994
BASEBALL: Representatives for MLB's owners and striking players said yesterday that formal labor negotiations "likely will not resume until early next week. But the sides probably will speak today about the owners' proposal to put a 45-day freeze on players filing for free agency and signing contracts" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/13). BASKETBALL: Players at the Hawks training camp are not thinking about a strike. Hawks captain Kevin Willis: "There won't be a strike in the NBA. I guarantee we'll be playing ball." Hawks Player Rep Jon Koncak said the team has not discussed the league's labor situation since training camp started. Koncak said "conciliatory messages" from NBA Commissioner David Stern and Hawks President Stan Kasten "have helped bury the subject." Craig Ehlo, in his 12th year, "says if any thought has been given to such an issue, it is growing agreement among veteran players for the establishment of a rookie salary cap": "It's ridiculous for guys who have never played in the league to be making so much money [while] good veteran players can't get contracts. Something needs to be done" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/13).