SBD/7/Leagues Governing Bodies

BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 118: USERY SPEAKS OUT

     "After several weeks of one 'no comment' after another and
not wanting to ruffle any feathers," special mediator William
Usery "stressed how detrimental it would be if the owners decide
to implement their salary cap."  Usery: "Implementation would be
very, very unfortunate.  I've told owners that and everyone
concerned.  Certainly, that's not in the best interests of
collective bargaining, the best interests of my trying to
mediate" (I.J. Rosenberg, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 12/7).  In L.A.,
Ross Newhan writes that Usery "came down on the side" of the
players (L.A. TIMES, 12/7).  Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig:
"Even though our negotiations with the MLBPA have long been
deadlocked, the 28 major league clubs do not want to implement.
... There is still time to reach an agreement if the union is
serious about negotiating" (MLB).  Asked if he would try to
persuade the owners to postpone implementation again, Usery: "I'm
sure that I would, but the circumstances haven't come up yet.
I'll have to see how it comes up at that given time" (N.Y. TIMES,
12/7).  Usery did say he was optimistic the two were "inching
toward a settlement" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 12/7).  Otis
Nixon on Usery:  "A wise man, honest man stood in front of us
today. I think he got our attention from a good standpoint"
(SportsCenter," ESPN, 12/6).
     THE COUNTERPROPOSAL:  The players spent the afternoon
talking about their expected counterproposal, "which has yet to
be put in concrete form."  Royals Player Rep David Cone: "There
won't be a deal this weekend, but hopefully we can give [the
owners] something to think about" (I.J. Rosenberg, ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION, 12/7).  Cone said the plan probably would retain
forms of taxation on team revenues and payrolls similar to what
they proposed on September 8 (Chris Haft, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,
12/7).  Braves' Jeff Blauser: "Whatever we come up with I don't
think it matters.  I think they've already shown that they've had
in mind to impose the salary cap" (Joe Giuliotti, BOSTON HERALD,
12/7).
     PITCH FROM THE WASHINGTON SENATORS:  MLBPA Exec Dir released
copies of a letter from Senators Connie Mack (R-FL), John McCain
(R-AZ) and Senator-elect Jon Kyl (R-AZ). The lawmakers write: "If
this dispute is not resolved in a timely manner, we will have no
choice but to move forward with the consideration of an
appropriate legislative remedy, in addition to reserving our
right to address the [sport's] antitrust exemption" (L.A. TIMES,
12/7).
     THE NEW LEAGUE:  The players were also briefed in Atlanta by
agent Dick Moss on his proposed United Baseball League, which he
hopes to launch in '96.  Though Moss insisted plans for the UBL
were "spawned long before the current labor dispute," he did
admit: "The (public) disenchantment creates an opportunity for us
in terms of acceptance" (Chris Haft, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 12/7).
Besides Moss, former major leaguer/UBL founder Curt Flood spoke,
but not before he received a standing ovation.  Fehr on Flood:
"He remains an extraordinarily powerful symbol, even to players
of this generation."  White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell on the UBL:
"Everybody's interested in situations that present possibilities
for jobs" (Chuck Johnson, USA TODAY, 12/7).  Former U.S. Rep./UBL
founder Bob Mrazek said that former colleague Tom McMillen is
close to "applying the finishing touches to a Washington
ownership group" for a UBL franchise (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON
POST, 12/7).
Return to top
Video Powered By - Castfire CMS Powered By - Sitecore

Report a Bug