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QUIET ON THE BASEBALL FRONT: ALL- STAR GAMES O.K'D
Published October 4, 1994
In Chicago, Terry Armour writes, "both parties in the major- league baseball fiasco agree on one thing: The game's image is in desperate need of enhancement." With that in mind, Acting Commissioner Bud Selig has given the Black United Fund of New York to go-ahead to put together a series of all-star games: two each in Chicago, New York and L.A. to help benefit the people of Rwanda. The games are tentatively scheduled for the end of the month, with a team of AL East all-stars playing a team of NL East all-stars in New York, Central all-stars facing off in Chicago and West all-stars playing in L.A. (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/4). Meanwhile, Nike announced that it would not sponsor a series of all-star baseball games to benefit youth sports. The objective was to raise awareness and money for youth sports programs. Officials at Nike said the "logistics involved are too complex to overcome" (THE DAILY). OTHER NEWS: Rep. Pat Williams (D-MT), chair of the House Committee on Education & Labor, said that if the strike is not settled by the time Congress reconvenes January 3, he will call more hearings. The House Judiciary Committee last week approved legislation that would have "partially removed the owners' antitrust exemption," but the effort to pass a similar bill in the Senate failed last Friday. No talks between the owners and players are scheduled for today. MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr, who completed a 7-city tour to update his players, probably will meet with players in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic next week. Owners are expected to meet in Detroit during the week of October 16 to discuss how they will proceed next season (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/4). YANKEE STABILITY: In New York, Joel Sherman notes that "barring the unexpected," Yankee manager Buck Showalter "will do what no other Steinbrenner-reign manager has done -- begin a fourth straight season in the job. Of course, when the next season begins is uncertain" (N.Y. POST, 10/4).