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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 69: TALKS RESUME TODAY
Published October 19, 1994
Representatives of baseball's owners and players union meet this afternoon in Washington, DC, for the first time in 40 days, "this time, and for the first time, under the watchful eye of legendary mediator," William Usery. Usery met with a group of owner reps yesterday and, before this afternoon's talks, he will meet with a group of players. Those meetings have two purposes for Usery. One, "is to get both sides comfortable with him"; and the second, "was to distill in his mind the most fundamental issues in the dispute" (Michael Bamberger, PHILA. INQUIRER, 10/19). "No one expects any dramatic development to emerge from the initial stage of the resumption of talks." At the joint session, Usery is "expected to work out ground rules for future bargaining sessions." Two matters to be decided are the site for meetings and the "availability of the principals to the news media" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 10/19). "There are rumblings these days -- especially among agents involved in the talks as intermediaries -- that the sides may be more receptive to a settlement now than they have been, and that a deal perhaps could be struck within the next month or so without the owners unilaterally imposing a salary-cap" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 10/19). PLAYERS' LEAGUE: ESPN's Keith Olbermann reported that agent Dick Moss was to hold a news conference today about the new league he hopes to start. But it was postponed. Olbermann quipped: "This just in, the new league has just gone on strike" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 10/18).