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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 81: MOSS TO LAUNCH LEAGUE
Published October 31, 1994
Longtime agent Dick Moss will announce formation of his new United League at a news conference in New York on Tuesday. Moss: "A lot of people are involved. And, of course, they have a lot of money. We need money. And players and stadiums and clout -- that's the American way." The CHICAGO TRIBUNE gives details of a 40-page prospectus sent to potential investors which states "the league will open with 10-12 teams and include clubs in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea," and also expand to 16 teams in three years. It projects team payrolls of $13M in the first season, increasing to $20M in the 5th or 6th. But MLB owners do not view the new league as a threat. One AL "mogul": "Moss has as much chance of putting that across as I have going to the moon in nine minutes" (Jerome Holtzman, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/30). Moss hinted the league, which could start as early as spring '95, "may include a franchise in DC." Former U.S. Rep. Bob Mrazek (D-NY) and economist/author Andrew Zimbalist are reportedly involved in the organization of the league (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 10/29). MLB NEWS & NOTES: Will McDonough writes the Red Sox "are looking at the possibility of playing a weekend series in Ireland, most likely against the Mets in 1996." The Sox are hoping to play the Mets on the 10th anniversary of their '86 World Series on St. Patrick's weekend in Dublin's Croake Park (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/30)....BUSINESS WEEK profiles mediator William Usery. "His method: wear down both sides with talk" (Aaron Bernstein, BUSINESS WEEK, 11/7 issue).