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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 97: TALKS RESUME TODAY
Published November 17, 1994
The "stalled" baseball negotiations are "expected to move forward today for the first time" since the players went on strike on August 12. But, according to Peter Schmuck in this morning's Baltimore SUN, "it remains unclear whether a new proposal devised by owners will be attractive enough to the union to end the stalemate." Management's salary cap proposal is now "off the table," but it will be replaced with a taxation plan that is intended to have a similar effect on team payrolls (Baltimore SUN, 11/17). "There is at least a sliver of hope that the negotiating between representatives of owners and striking players over the next few days could lead to a settlement" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 11/17). The players "remain leery" that the owners' tax plan will be "nothing more than a salary cap with a different name" (Joel Sherman, N.Y. POST, 11/17). The owners' 6-member bargaining committee -- Red Sox CEO John Harrington, Rockies Chair Jerry McMorris, Braves President Stan Kasten, Phillies Exec VP David Montgomery, Brewers VP Wendy Selig-Preib, former Cardinals President Stuart Meyer, and management negotiator Richard Ravitch -- met in DC yesterday, "applying the finishing touches to the owners' new proposal." They were to meet with Mediator Bill Usery last night (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 11/17). HALF-FULL, HALF-EMPTY OR LEAKING? Braves pitcher Tom Glavine: "We're so far apart it's hard to believe something will change so quickly, but a lot depends on the tone set early" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/17). Peter Schmuck: "If the owners were willing to make a significant compromise, why would they wait until after they lost two months of the regular season, their first 3-tiered playoffs and hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket and television revenue." But Schmuck also notes that the owners "have a growing sense of urgency. They would like a new economic system in place before" the December deadlines on re-signing players or signing free agents (Baltimore SUN, 11/17). NEWS & NOTES: According to Joel Sherman in the N.Y. POST, Usery is being paid $120,000 a month to mediate the situation (N.Y. POST, 11/17). In L.A., Ross Newman notes that Usery "has clearly had a persuasive impact, urging both sides to rethink their positions" (L.A. TIMES, 11/17). ....Murray Chass examines the GMs' Winter Meetings in Phoenix, under the headline: "With Hands Tied by Talks, Traders Can't Shuffle Their Decks" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/17).