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BASEBALL PLAYERS-OWNERS MEET TO DISCUSS THE NEXT MEETING
Published October 20, 1994
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).