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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 165: ENOUGH BLAME FOR ALL SIDES
Published January 23, 1995
According to an independent survey conducted by the sports division of Golin/Harris Communications from January 12-15, twice as many respondents blame players than owners over the baseball strike. Of the 1,008 adults surveyed throughout the country, 51% were categorized as baseball fans -- because they at least watch baseball on TV (45%), listen to baseball on the radio (20%), or attend games (19%). Of those "fans," 55% blame both players and owners; 21% the players; 11% the owners; 10% don't care. Of all respondents: 46% blame both; 24% don't care; 18% blame the players; and, 8% blame owners (Golin/Harris). PLAYING HARDBALL: In Denver, Tracy Ringolsby notes that the union's threat to withhold licensing money from managers and coaches if they coach replacements "may backfire." A's Manager Tony La Russa, who has questioned whether he would manage a replacement team: "If the union doesn't go about its business in the right way, that's when I lose sympathy for the cause. ... I guess that means we're supposed to feel threatened. Isn't that blackmail?" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 1/21). The Brewers have insisted that manager Phil Garner and his staff report on February 20. Brewers coach Duffy Dyer: "If I don't have a job, I can't get licensing money anyway. There's really not much of a choice" (Tom Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE SENTINEL, 1/23). RADIO AND TV RIGHTS, THE NEXT BATTLE: One broadcasting exec, who noted the contingency plans the owners have come up with on ticket prices and replacements: "If ballclubs think they'll get the regular TV and radio rights payments, there will be a war" (Phil Mushnick, N.Y. POST, 1/23). UNITED THEY STAND: Dick Moss, who is heading the effort to start the United Baseball League, announced that any strikebreakers will not be considered for jobs in the new league (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 1/22).