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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- III: WHAT LOCAL PAPERS ARE SAYING
Published February 10, 1995
The following are excerpts from editorials compiled from 25 newspapers in 18 MLB markets: ANAHEIM: ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: "The President and Congress should keep their mitts out of the baseball industry" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/7). ATLANTA: ATLANTA JOURNAL: "The President has no authority, and Congress has no business, in this dispute" (ATLANTA JOURNAL, 2/9). BALTIMORE: Baltimore SUN: "Perhaps a presidential gun held to their heads would induce a voluntary settlement. But the gun Mr. Clinton is brandishing has no bullets and both sides know it" (Baltimore SUN, 2/9). WASHINGTON TIMES: "Let W.J. Usery ... continue to argle-bargle with the major-league gang. There's no legitimate federal role involved" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/10). WASHINGTON POST: "This a labor dispute in a non-essential business, and it's up to the contending parties, not the federal government, to work it out" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/10). BAY AREA, CA: SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: "We won't propose a solution to the baseball strike. We do have an opinion on who else has no business playing umpire: the President and Congress" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/9). BOSTON: BOSTON GLOBE: "Enough! Let no more energy be wasted on these egos, especially not in the halls of Congress" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/9). BOSTON HERALD: "Though Congress shouldn't force a solution ... it should revoke the owners' anti-trust exemption" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/9). CHICAGO: CHICAGO TRIBUNE: "The first bad idea was for the President to involve himself in this affair in the first place" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/9). CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: "The President ought not ask the fans -- as citizens -- put up with even more by shoving their government into an intrusive, no-win situation" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/9). CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI POST: "Americans do not have a constitutional right to entertainment, and that's reason enough for Congress to stay out of the baseball strike -- as the White House should have" (CINCINNATI POST, 2/9). CLEVELAND: Cleveland PLAIN DEALER: "Congress should have much more important things on its mind than the future of a game. Americans, meanwhile, will find a way to survive without major league baseball" (PLAIN DEALER, 2/9). DETROIT: The DETROIT FREE PRESS is against Congress passing binding arbitration legislation: "If lawmakers want to nudge the parties toward an agreement, a more appropriate action would be the repeal of the major leagues' antiquated exemption" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 2/9). HOUSTON: HOUSTON CHRONICLE: "Baseball's fracture has to be healed by baseball interests themselves. That may be sad and painful. But don't make a federal case out of baseball's rhubarb" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/9). LOS ANGELES: L.A. TIMES: "Congress should get off the bench and make a play" (L.A. TIMES, 2/9). MIAMI: Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL: "Save congressional involvement for real crises -- like a steel strike or lock-out during a time of war or severe economic depression -- not for a labor dispute that puts one set of millionaires against another" (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 2/9). MILWAUKEE: MILWAUKEE SENTINEL: "The spectacle of a president intervening in a sports dispute about which fewer Americans seem to care is just that: a spectacle" (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL, 2/10). MILWAUKEE JOURNAL: "Clinton's decision to seek congressional action ... is a useful initiative that could help break the stubborn impasse" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL, 2/8). MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL: ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS: "Baseball is show business, not an essential industry. Ultimately, owners and player should resolve their own differences, while the nation's leaders shoulder more critical duties" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/8). Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE: "It isn't Congress' job to settle the baseball strike. ... It is time, however, for Congress to take indirect action by doing what it probably should have done decades ago: remove the antitrust exemption" (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/9). NEW YORK: N.Y. TIMES argues Congress is not the place to solve the dispute: "There may be some merit in a broad Congressional redefinition of the rules under which baseball operates": eliminating the exemption (N.Y. TIMES, 2/9). NEWSDAY is against the Clinton legislation: "We've advocated removing the antitrust exemption -- there's no justification for it and it would put more pressure on the owners to negotiate in good faith" (NEWSDAY, 2/9). PHILADELPHIA: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: "Trust us esteemed leaders of Congress, few voters in America will blame you for bending the sacred principles of free enterprise just a bit to give them their game back. Get it done" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/8). SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE commends Clinton for his efforts but notes there is "no compelling national interest in lawmakers' forcing these spoiled millionaires to stop their bickering" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/9). SEATTLE: SEATTLE TIMES: "Congress does not need to force a solution to the Major League Baseball strike. ... Nothing says negotiators have to listen to a president, but to do so courteously and seriously is the American custom, just like paying attention to that song they play before every game" (SEATTLE TIMES, 2/9).