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MLB OWNERS SAY, "NO MOSS"; MORE ON THE NEW UNITED LEAGUE
Published November 1, 1994
Today in New York, agent Richard Moss and his partners will unveil plans for the new United Baseball League, a "partnership" between management and players. Sources say league organizers believe 1996 is the "most feasible start-up date, but they probably will give things a try in '95." Most MLB owners dismiss talk of a new players' league as a "negotiating threat." According to a prospectus, the United League would start with 10- 12 teams in six countries. MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza: "It's obviously something we have to explore. Our immediate objective is to try to get a collectove baragining agreement ... [but it is] could gain prominence if we get into November or December and there's no settlement" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 11/1). In Vancouver, Mike Beamish, who notes that Gary Davidson of the WFL & WHA is one of the "principal figures" behind the United League, reports that top Vancouver business leaders have been contacted. Warren Buckley, chair of the B.C. Pavilion Corp.: "Dick Moss feels Vancouver would be a natural jumping off point" (VANCOUVER SUN, 11/1). Hal Bodley writes, "The moment owners and players reach an agreement, the United Baseball League will be kaput. Until then, it's something to talk about" (USA TODAY, 11/1). THE PARTNERSHIP: The new league will form a "true partnership" between clubs and players, with the players receiving 35% of each team's pretax profits and a 10% equity share in all teams collectively. Also, the league will offer cities 15% pretax profit and equity share in the teams in return for construction of a "fan friendly" stadium or the use of an existing "first-rate facility." Cities, in lieu of rent, would receive 50% of luxury-suite revenue and 1/3 parking revenue (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 11/1). THE FOUNDERS: Besides the four principal founders -- Moss, former U.S. Rep. Bob Mrazek, U.S. Rep. John Bryant and Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist -- the management company includes Curt Flood, former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen, banker Alan Altschuler, former House Majority Whip Bill Gray (now Chair of the United Negro College Fund), lobbyist Robert Keefe and Eric Vinson, VP of the U.S. Trust Company (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 11/1).