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  • BASEBALL PLAYERS-OWNERS MEET TO DISCUSS THE NEXT MEETING

         Baseball's labor negotiations resumed yesterday in
    Washington.  CNBC's Sue Herera: "The talks were short, lasting
    only 90 minutes" ("Market Wrap," CNBC, 10/19).    ESPN's Linda
    Cohn: "Nothing has changed.  After not talking for 40 days, both
    sides in this labor dispute could only manage to meet for 90
    minutes" ("SportsCenter," 10/19).  Most of the session was
    devoted to special mediator William Usery briefing
    representatives of team owners and striking players "on how he
    plans to approach the renewed talks, and setting ground rules for
    future get-togethers."  Usery said the next bargaining session
    will not come until next week.  He plans to speak to both sides
    separately then bring them together "when he feels they can make
    progress."  Usery: "The meeting, as far as I'm concerned,
    achieved the results I wanted to achieve" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON
    POST, 10/20).  Usery: "The journey is starting today.  We have a
    lot of things to overcome, but we have a lot of things to do and
    I believe we can" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 10/19).
         REVIEWS:  It was "a non-substantive ceremonial get-together"
    (Bill Madden, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/20).  Richard Ravitch, the
    owners' negotiator, "offered hints of change."  Ravitch did not
    rule out any "possible steps the owners could take that would
    affect players and their ability to sign contracts, but he seemed
    to indicate nothing was imminent" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES,
    10/20).  "Remember this is Washington, home of gridlock, not Oz"
    (Joel Sherman, N.Y. POST, 10/20).  "If there was animosity, it
    was hard to detect. ... But Usery was not selling false optimism"
    (Larry Whiteside, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/20).  "The official stance of
    each bargaining unit was positive and mildly optimistic, which
    also was reminiscent of that first abortive attempt at mediation"
    (Peter Schmuck, Baltimore SUN, 10/20).
         LOVE, MARGE:  Reds owner Marge Schott is personally signing
    each of the ticket refund checks being sent to fans.  "It's
    believed that no other club owners are "affixing their signatures
    in this matter."  Requests for Reds refunds -- "and, temporarily,
    Schott's autograph" -- must be in by October 31 (Chris Haft,
    CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/20).
    

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  • DUCKS, SHARKS, KINGS PRE-EMPT LEAGUE ON REFUND POLICIES

         Officials for the NHL's three CA teams announced their
    ticket-refund policies in advance of the league's official
    statement on game cancellations.
         ANAHEIM:  Mighty Ducks officials announced that tickets for
    single games postponed will be honored on the rescheduled game
    date or refunded at the ticket holder's request.  Tickets
    purchased for single games that are canceled will be refunded.
    The club has asked that fans who wish to obtain refunds wait
    until the day after the scheduled game.  Season-ticket or mini-
    plan holders may opt for a credit to be used towards the purchase
    of '95 playoff tickets, or next year's season tickets or mini-
    plans.  Ticket holders who elect the credit option will also
    receive a discount on the purchase price of playoff tickets.
    Season ticket or mini-plan holders who do not elect the credit
    option may request a refund which will be issued monthly as games
    are canceled or rescheduled (Mighty Ducks).
         SAN JOSE:  The Sharks were among three NHL teams to offer
    interest payments to season-ticket and partial season-ticket
    holders as part of a new refund plan.  Ticket holders have three
    options:  1) Bypass refunds for canceled games, but collect 6%
    interest on the season-ticket account balance until the season
    resumes or is canceled, retroactive to October 1.  The interest
    can go toward playoff games, '95-96 season tickets, or be
    withdrawn once a decision to start or cancel the season is made.
    2) Accept refunds for canceled games and earn 3.5% on the
    remaining account balance.  3)  Accept refund for full ticket
    package, but lose priority position for season tickets.  The
    Kings announced similar plans (Darren Sabedra, SAN JOSE MERCURY
    NEWS, 10/20).
    

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  • HOCKEY HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 20: IS SOMEONE GETTING ANTSY?

         The NHL owners "will hold a conference call with major
    corporate sponsors next week, bringing them up to date on the
    status of negotiations," according to a report in this morning's
    TORONTO SUN.  Nike and Anheuser-Busch are the NHL's two top
    sponsors (Dave Fuller, TORONTO SUN, 10/20).       FIRST "PRESSURE
    POINT"?  The NHL "will announce by tomorrow that it is
    restructuring a best-case scenario, 76- or 78-game regular season
    schedule per team, thus guaranteeing that players will not
    collect full-season, 84-game pay," according to a report in this
    morning's N.Y. POST.  While cancellations will "place a burden on
    the teams in the form of ticket refunds, NHL management believes
    that the players are currently more financially vulnerable"
    (Larry Brooks, N.Y. POST, 10/20).
         OATES DRAWS IRE OF FELLOW PLAYERS:  Several Canucks were
    "suitably unimpressed with the apparent first wedge" in the union
    -- Adam Oates's comments that the owners' proposal "sounds pretty
    good."  Canuck Jeff Brown:  "If that's the way Adam feels, it's a
    shame.  Maybe he hasn't saved for this and he's trying to take
    the rest of the guys down with him.  This is just what the owners
    would like to see, but Adam is only one guy in the union and I
    don't think it will hurt our cause" (Elliott Pap, VANCOUVER SUN,
    10/20).
         MCMULLEN DRAWS IRE OF A FELLOW MANAGER:  Rangers President &
    GM Neil Smith said that Rangers VP & General Counsel Kenneth
    Munoz telephoned NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to complain about
    remarks made by Devils Owner John McMullen in a luncheon meeting
    with N.Y. TIMES reporters.  On Tuesday, McMullen compared the
    financial standing of the Devils to the Rangers and claimed that
    the Rangers were able to spend "between $25 and $27 million" on
    their player payroll to win the Cup in '93-94.  Smith would not
    give specific figures, but said the Rangers' payroll was under
    $20 million.  He called McMullen's comments "objectionable, to
    say the very least" ... "very, very inaccurate" ... and "just
    out-and-out ridiculous."  The league had no comment on the
    dispute (Joe LaPointe, N.Y. TIMES, 10/20).
         THIS IS SOLIDARITY?  While MSG President Dave Checketts
    publicly states his unity with fellow owners, he "all but
    admitted the Rangers wanted to accept the players' no-strike
    pledge and start the season on Oct. 1."  Checketts, on the
    booking problems created by the lockout at Madison Square Garden:
    "It's not like we can call Barbra Streisand and have her singing
    the next night."  Toronto, Montreal, St. Louis and L.A. are also
    said to have favored playing over a lockout (Dave Fuller, TORONTO
    SUN, 10/20).
         WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO START TALKS?  The two sides have not
    met in two weeks, and neither the league nor the union would
    predict talks in the near future.  In Toronto, Bob McKenzie
    writes, "Only when the losses, real losses, begin to mount is
    there any hope of movement in the stalemated negotiations"
    (TORONTO STAR, 10/20).  According to a source "with close ties to
    NHL management," there is a "good chance" that the U.S.
    government will attempt to force the league and the NHLPA to
    accept a mediator.  While neither the U.S. nor Canadian
    government has "complete authority" because of the game's
    international nature, "it would be difficult to reject such a
    request because of a public-relations problem alone" (David
    Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/20).  A league spokesperson
    "denied that the services of a mediator had been rejected, as
    some sources reported, because he said none had been requested"
    (Dave Fay, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/20).  In New York, Mark Everson
    writes, "The first step toward getting talks started again is
    clearly the league's responsibility" (N.Y. POST, 10/20).
         DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE:  While NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow
    is "fuming" over NHL Senior VP & Director of Hockey Ops Brian
    Burke's tour of several North American cities, "his aides say he
    has at least contemplated doing the same thing."  Jets Player Rep
    Stephane Quintal:  "If the NHL would do less media work and more
    negotiating, we'd be better off" (Tim Campbell, Toronto GLOBE &
    MAIL, 10/20).  Burke's trip took him to Dallas yesterday.
    

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  • USA TODAY QUANTIFIES THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF BASEBALL FINANCE

         In what THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY considers a "must read,"
    this morning's USA TODAY provides a detailed look at the finances
    of MLB teams. The numbers are projected for a full 1994 season,
    and were compiled in conjunction with Martin Stone, owner of the
    AAA Phoenix Firebirds.  Here are some highlights:  BEST BOTTOM
    LINE -- Rockies, Yankees, Marlins, Orioles, Mets; WORST BOTTOM
    LINE -- Royals, Tigers, Astros, Giants, Mariners; HIGHEST
    EXPENSES -- Yankees, Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Blue Jays; HIGHEST
    REVENUES -- Yankees, Braves, Orioles, Blue Jays, Dodgers; BEST AT
    THE GATE -- Blue Jays, Braves, Orioles, Rockies, White Sox; WORST
    AT THE GATE -- Padres, Angels, Pirates, Brewers, Mariners;
    HIGHEST LOCAL TV/RADIO REVENUE -- Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Cubs,
    Braves - LOWEST LOCAL TV/RADIO REVENUE -- Rockies, Twins, Royals,
    Brewers, Mariners; HIGHEST PLAYER PAYROLL -- Yankees, Atlanta,
    Giants, Blue Jays, Tigers; LOWEST PLAYER PAYROLL -- Padres,
    Expos, Marlins, Pirates, Colorado (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 10/20).
    

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