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  • BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 161: REPORT BLASTS EXEMPTION

         In this morning's ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, David Dahl examines
    a report likely to "increase baseball's woes on Capitol Hill."
    The non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) said the
    antitrust exemption "isn't justified and may have led" to the
    players' strike.  From the report, written by CRS economists
    Dennis Zimmerman and William Cox: "It is not clear what economic
    benefits are provided by the antitrust exemption."  Among other
    things, CRS says the exemption allows team owners to impose labor
    restrictions such as a salary cap "without fear of an expensive
    damage award in court.  Consequently, CRS speculates, team owners
    may have decided it was cheaper to let players strike than to
    meet their demands."  CRS also questions whether "market failure
    exists," noting that MLB seems to be "doing fine" even after free
    agency helped salaries to rise because the value of franchises
    has also continued to rise.  CRS' recommendations include making
    it easier for teams to relocate and further expansion (ST.
    PETERSBURG TIMES, 1/19).
         HE'S A USERY FAN:  In a letter to MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr,
    Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig responds to Fehr's comments
    accusing owners of "lying" to members of Congress (WASHINGTON
    TIMES, 1/19).  From Selig's letter:  "I and other club owners
    told members of Congress that the strike will be resolved only
    when both parties return to the bargaining table and address the
    fundamental issue of labor costs."  Selig goes on to remind Fehr
    of the owners' meeting with Special Mediator William Usery, which
    will be held today:  "When Mr. Usery asks us to return to the
    table, we will do so. ... Every other union in professional
    sports has found a way to address the changed economics of the
    1990s at the collective bargaining table.  There is no reason why
    we should not be able to do so in baseball" (MLB).  Fehr does not
    expect negotiations to resume any time soon, "probably not until
    after the owners look at their teams of replacement players"
    (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 1/19).  In Boston, Larry Whiteside
    notes that Selig will not be present at the Usery meeting.  Red
    Sox CEO John Harrington will lead the owners' contingent (BOSTON
    GLOBE, 1/19).
         ANGELOS UPDATE:  Orioles Owner Peter Angelos and AL Counsel
    William Schweitzer will meet today to discuss Angelos'
    "determination" not to field a replacement team.  Schweitzer will
    not say how the league might try to "force" Angelos to use
    replacements, but according to the league's constitution, it can
    fine the team as much as $250,000 a game, or take over the team
    (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 1/19).
         PHIL-LING THE VOID:  Former pitcher/Silver Bullets Manager
    Phil Niekro, who turns 56 on April 1, said he has been approached
    about playing on a replacement team:  "I don't really have any
    reason to struggle with this because I haven't heard what they're
    offering yet.  Once I find out more about the deal, then I'll
    start running it through my mind."  Braves GM John Schuerholz on
    signing Niekro: "What more natural development could there be?"
    (Thomas Stinson, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/19).
    

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  • BETTMAN AND CHELIOS EXCHANGE PEACE OFFERINGS

         "In a conciliatory move designed to help put the ugliness of
    the last three months behind him," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
    let Blackhawk Chris Chelios "off with a slap on the wrist" for
    threats Chelios directed at Bettman on the eve of the lockout.
    Chelios and Blackhawks GM Bob Pulford met with Bettman for 45
    minutes yesterday in New York, at which time Chelios apologized
    again.  Bettman, in a statement, "chastised" Chelios for his
    comments but noted that it was time move on: "We have a lot of
    healing to do in the National Hockey League, and it is important
    that we get started on that process right now."  Bettman said he
    would have been "forced to discipline" Chelios had the comments
    been directed at a player, a team, or an executive or other
    league official."  Chelios issued a written apology: "My comments
    were inexcusable, and I can't express how sorry I am" (Gary
    Miles, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/19).
    

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  • CFL NEWS AND NOTES

         In Baltimore, word that the Buccaneers will be staying in
    Tampa Bay was good news for CFL franchise owner Jim Speros.
    Speros told the Baltimore SUN:  "It's good for the organization."
    Orioles owner Peter Angelos, who would have brought the team to
    Baltimore, was one of the finalists in the bidding for the Bucs
    (Rick Matsumoto, TORONTO STAR, 1/18)....Minto Development
    President Roger Greenberg announced Tuesday that his company has
    "turned down a chance to purchase the Ottawa Rough Riders."
    Minto will, however, buy 500 season tickets for the upcoming
    season, helping the team get closer to the CFL-imposed target of
    15,000 by Jan. 31 (Don Campbell, OTTAWA CITIZEN,
    1/18)....Greenwich, CT, businessman William Berkley is seeking a
    commitment from the CFL to build a stadium and "lure" a team to
    Connecticut.  Berkley is also considering San Antonio and two
    other cities as possible sites for a team (Toronto GLOBE AND
    MAIL, 1/18)....The Edmonton Eskimos announced that they need an
    additional 7,000 season ticket holders by March 1 to reach a
    critical 22,000, or the team may have to be sold, which in turn
    could lead to the team relocating to another city.  In '83, the
    Eskimos had 52,000 season ticket holders.  Last year, they had
    15,000 (Jim Taylor, Vancouver PROVINCE, 1/19).
    

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  • IHL PLANS FOR MAJOR EXPANSION BY MILLENNIUM

         IHL expansion was examined in yesterday's HOUSTON CHRONICLE.
    With the league planning to add three teams for '95-96 and two
    teams a year until 2000, there should be nine more North American
    teams five years from now.  IHL commissioner Bob Ufer:  "People
    ask the question: Are we risking unsuccessful teams?  Are we
    risking diluting our product?  Those are risks, but with those
    risks are tremendous opportunities.  I'm not advocating
    recklessness, but I think we have to pursue them."  The league is
    also expected to announce within the next two weeks completed
    plans for a European division to debut next year.  A six-to-eight
    team division in Europe would host one North American division,
    rotating each year (Jody Goldstein, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/18).
    

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  • PLAYER SALARIES: USA TODAY CONCLUDES NFL PAYROLL SURVEY

         Over the past two days, USA TODAY has listed every NFL
    player's salary, team-by-team.  Today, they run the NFC (USA
    TODAY, 1/18-19).  The NFL's salary cap is $34.6M per team.
    TEAM AVG/PLAYER TOTAL SALARIES ROOM UNDER CAP
    Cowboys
    $586,521
    $34,018,200
    $581,800
    Seahawks
    521,955
    33,927,100
    672,900
    Lions
    573,080
    33,811,700
    788,300
    Packers
    522,542
    33,442,700
    1,157,300
    Redskins
    521,220
    33,358,100
    1,241,900
    Eagles
    546,139
    33,314,500
    1,285,500
    Jets
    602,311
    33,127,100
    1,472,900
    Bills
    559,110
    32,993,100
    1,606,900
    49ers
    578,698
    32,985,800
    1,614,200
    Giants
    577,488
    32,916,800
    1,683,200
    Patriots
    538,438
    32,844,700
    1,755,300
    Steelers
    555,315
    32,763,600
    1,836,400
    Raiders
    564,457
    32,738,500
    1,861,500
    Broncos
    518,770
    32,682,500
    1,917,500
    Oilers
    563,316
    32,672,300
    1,927,700
    Falcons
    549,110
    32,397,500
    2,202,500
    Chiefs
    530,118
    32,337,200
    2,262,800
    Colts
    587,425
    32,308,400
    2,291,600
    Dolphins
    519,731
    32,223,300
    2,376,700
    Saints
    511,403
    32,218,400
    2,381,600
    Chargers
    511,238
    32,208,000
    2,392,000
    Browns
    502,944
    32,188,400
    2,411,600
    Cardinals
    535,635
    32,138,100
    2,461,900
    Bears
    488,298
    31,251,100
    3,348,900
    Rams
    511,167
    31,181,200
    3,418,800
    Buccaneers
    517,171
    29,995,900
    4,604,100
    Vikings
    498,798
    29,927,900
    4,672,100
    Bengals
    489,611
    29,866,300
    4,733,700

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