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BASEBALL NEGOTIATIONS TO RE-START NEXT WEEK

     The "stalemated" labor negotiations between MLB owners and
the MLBPA will resume next week, according to MLBPA General
Counsel Gene Orza and management attorney Chuck O'Connor.
According to Orza, the talks will include consideration of a
recently proposed plan by which "money derived from a tax paid by
the players based on their salaries would be added to the owners'
revenue-sharing fund."  That plan was discussed during a
September 24 meeting between MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr and
Orioles owner Peter Angelos.  Under the plan discussed by the
two, additional money would be contributed to a central fund by
the union, possibly from the union's licensing fund.  There would
be no salary cap, salary arbitration would be eliminated, and
players would be given earlier free agency (Mark Maske,
WASHINGTON POST, 10/5).
     CENTER OF ATTENTION:  In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck notes that
the union's interest in Angelos' plan puts Angelos in a "very
uncomfortable position, and one that he strongly refused to
comment upon yesterday.  He already was at odds with many of the
other owners.  He does not want to give the appearance that he is
in league with the union" (Baltimore SUN, 10/5).  Thomas Boswell
writes that owners upset at Angelos for meeting with Fehr "may
not be so mad when they hear what Angelos accomplished.  The
union is close to approving an Angelos notion that would be the
players' first significant concession in this labor war. ... The
owners could use the cash to help bribe poor teams into changing
their votes on the strike" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/5).
     FREEZE:  The owners have asked players to delay the start of
free-agent filing until November 30 and for an immediate 45-day
freeze on signings.  Under the current system, free agent filing
begins the day after the World Series or October 15 (Mult.,
10/5).  The union probably will  reject the proposal, "figuring a
freeze would be far too great an advantage strategically for the
clubs with no real advantage to the players" (Murray Chass, N.Y.
TIMES, 10/5).       MITCHELL:  Retiring Sen. Majority Leader
George Mitchell said he will soon be ready to meet with MLB
owners looking for a new commissioner  (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/5).
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