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ANGELOS MEETS WITH SELIG ABOUT HIS PLAN TO END MLB STRIKE
Published October 6, 1994
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).