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ANGELOS MEETS WITH SELIG ABOUT HIS PLAN TO END MLB STRIKE

     Orioles Owner Peter Angelos headed to L.A. yesterday,
"apparently to continue his quest for an NFL franchise, but he
stopped in Milwaukee to pitch his alternative revenue-sharing
plan" for MLB to Acting Commissioner Bud Selig.  Angelos, Orioles
Counsel George Stamas and attorney/agent Ron Shapiro met with
Selig, "presumably in an attempt to bring Angelos back into the
management mainstream."  Selig: "It was a very interesting
meeting.  I would regard it as a constructive day.  He came here
and expressed his opinions to me and I expressed mine to him."
Angelos' proposal calls for players to contribute 3% of their
earnings to a revenue pool to help subsidize small-market teams.
The players' contribution, combined with the owners' own revenue-
sharing plan, could raise as much as $100M per year to "bail out"
weaker clubs.  MLBPA officials have not said "they would accept
such a plan, but they did show some interest."  Angelos and MLBPA
Exec Dir Don Fehr met a few weeks back about the plan (Peter
Schmuck, Baltimore SUN, 10/6).
     FREEZE FRAME:  The players have yet to respond to
management's proposal for a 45-day freeze on off-season dates and
rules on the "conduct of business transactions.  But the players
most likely will see no benefit in endorsing the idea, because
they don't know what the ramifications would be."  Union and
management officials met yesterday to discuss the freeze, which
would halt player transactions, most notably, free agents, until
November 15 (Claire Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 10/6).  Union officials
fear the freeze is intended to give the owners more time to
"figure out how to impose a salary cap after declaring an impasse
in negotiations.  Union officials said the freeze could be
considered collusion" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 10/6).
     THE GAMES GOES ON:  With Michael Jordan participating in the
Arizona Fall League with the Scottsdale Scorpions, more than 70
media credentials have been issued for his first game and season-
ticket passes for the entire league are sold out.  Each MLB team
is allowed to send six players to AZ, but the White Sox
petitioned to add a seventh -- Jordan -- so that none of their
more advanced players would be cheated.  Noting MLB's "small
public relations problem at the moment," Bob Ford notes the
exemption was granted with no protest from other teams
(PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/6).
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