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FANS BEGIN CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST BASEBALL OWNERS

     Joel Bernstein, a Manhattan attorney, has been retained by a
group of season-ticket holders to launch a class-action suit
against MLB.  The action alleges "unjust enrichment" and fraud on
the part of the owners and seeks $183M in damages.  Bernstein has
"process-servers spread out across the nation," serving notices
to owners and MLB officials.  Bernstein:  "The owners are only
offering refunds or credits on 20 unplayed games.  But they have
earned $15 million in interest on the advance payments for those
games that were not played.  This is what the law calls unjust
enrichment. ... If they were selling season tickets while knowing
the season probably wouldn't be played out, you could say that
was fraud (N.Y. POST, 11/8).
     BASEBALL MEETING:  "Where do we go from here?  That was the
"principal question" Monday when execs of the 28 clubs opened a
3-day meeting in Phoenix, according to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE's
Jerome Holtzman.  "No. 1 on the agenda" for the owners:  "How do
we sign the 595 players not under contract for 1995?"  The main
problem for the teams is to determine what revenue estimates can
be used to pay players in '95 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/8).  One team,
the Royals, is likely to trim its payroll from $42M to "just more
than" $30M.  Right now they have five players which take up $20M,
so the team may trade a high-price talent to get to the $30M
level (Dick Kaegel, K.C. STAR, 11/8).  Baseball's traditional
Winter Meeting of all GMs will be held next week in Scottsdale.
     NEW TALKS:  Labor talks are set to resume next week in Rye,
NY.  Mediator Bill Usery has proposed "going round the clock
until at least Sunday" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 11/7).
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