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  • BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 194: TALKS RESUME TODAY

         Negotiating teams for the owners and players will meet today
    at Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel at 4pm EST.  The groups will
    reportedly be smaller than past sessions (Mult., 2/21).  Owner
    Jerry McMorris: "I personally wouldn't look for a deal to happen
    in the next two days."  CNN's Fred Hickman said MLBPA Exec Dir
    Donald Fehr told CNN not to expect any major developments
    ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 2/20).
         WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  Peter Gammons writes that the
    owners' replacement plan "is turning out to be just another bad
    idea turned worse. ... While the strike is engineered for the
    Minnesotas, Milwaukees, Pittsburghs, etc., the Yankees, Dodgers,
    Orioles and Blue Jays don't buy into it.  And what are the
    Brewers and Twins going to do with their replacement players if
    the markets that drive the industry don't participate?"  Gammons
    calls William Usery's plan a "framework" for a deal, but the
    players will probably "want to wait to get down to hard-core
    bargaining until the NLRB comes down and the replacement farce
    begins, which may vastly restore their leverage" (BOSTON GLOBE,
    2/19).
         SPARKY REAX:  Several columnists and baseball observers
    sounded off on Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson's decision to take
    an unpaid leave rather than manage replacement players.  In
    Washington, Thomas Boswell writes, "Maybe, just maybe, his
    profile in character will be the catalytic act of spiritual
    meditation that baseball so desperately needs" (WASHINGTON POST,
    2/19).  In New York, Mike Lupica calls Anderson the "conscience
    of the game" (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 2/20).  But Bill Madden wonders
    whether it "was simply his means of leaving an organization he no
    longer wanted to be a part of -- on his terms" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
    2/20).  Peter Gammons:  "I would be a little surprised if he were
    offered his job back" (ESPN, 2/19).  But Stephen Brunt counters:
    "None of that subtext matters.  For public consumption, the
    impression remains that Anderson simply couldn't stomach what was
    happening" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 2/21).
         NEWS & NOTES:  The MLBPA was criticized for its position
    that minor league players who participate in spring training
    games will be considered strikebreakers.  Mets Manager Dallas
    Green said he told MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr, "It's totally unfair
    of the union to ask (minor leaguers) to sacrifice when in fact
    they are not under your protection" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
    2/21)....The union also announced that other unions may handle
    the picketing outside ballparks, which Jack Etkin & Tracy
    Ringolsby refer to as "replacement pickets."  MLBPA General
    Counsel Gene Orza:  "There's a security problem involved.  The
    players would just be out there exposed" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS,
    2/20).
         NO LAUGHING MATTER:  The replacement players have become a
    staple for late-night comedy.  Jay Leno, on Friday:  "You know
    things are bad when Tommy Lasorda is thinner than any other guy
    on the team" ("Tonight," NBC, 2/17).  Leno, last night:  "You can
    tell these replacements don't have the hang of professional
    baseball.  I was watching the news today and one of them signed
    an autograph for free. ... Last year when everyone laughed when
    Michael Jordan said he would be the greatest professional
    baseball player?  Well, now he is" ("Tonight," 2/20).  Last
    night's Letterman Top Ten was "Signs You Are Not Watching A Real
    Baseball Game":  10) You recognize batter as the kid who sold you
    a hot dog a couple minutes earlier;  9)  Everytime a player
    slides into second, he busts his hip;  8) They keep shouting "Do
    Over!";
    7) When umpire yells, "Strike 3!", batter looks at him as though
    the dude's speakin' French;  6) Try as they might, they just
    can't scratch themselves like professionals;
    5) First Base: Siskel, Second Base: Ebert;  4) Game stops when
    some lady in a house near the stadium shouts "Dinner Time";  3)
    Players constantly adjusting each others's cups;
    2) You overhear the coach yelling, "Run, Forrest, Run!";
    1) They play like the Mets ("Late Night," CBS, 2/20)
    

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  • BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- PART II: NEWS FROM 15 MLB CITIES

         BALTIMORE -- PETER'S PRINCIPLES:  The Orioles informed MLB
    that they won't play spring training games against teams using
    replacement players (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 2/18).  Acting
    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said the opposition from Orioles Owner
    Peter Angelos "isn't anything new, obviously" (Buster Olney,
    Baltimore SUN, 2/18).  But columnist Ken Rosenthal asks:  "How
    would the Orioles know if their opponent was using scabs?"
    (Baltimore SUN, 2/18).
         CALIFORNIA -- SLOW TICKET SALES:  Angels VP of Stadium
    Operations Kevin Ulich said sales of tickets to Cactus League
    games are down about 5,000 from this point last year, and sales
    of regular season games are down about 2,800 (Mike DiGiovanna,
    L.A. TIMES, 2/20).
         CINCINNATI -- HARD LINE:  Reds GM Jim Bowden said Reds minor
    leaguers will be expected to play in Grapefruit League games.
    Bowden:  "If they decide not to perform, they have that statutory
    right and we will not discipline them.  They will be put on the
    disqualified list and go home" (Chris Haft, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,
    2/18).
         COLORADO -- REPLACEMENT PARK:  According to the team's ad
    agency, the "star" of the Rockies' '95 marketing campaign will
    not be the players, but the team's new stadium, Coors Field (Norm
    Clarke, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/19).
         DETROIT -- PARTING THOUGHTS?  Tigers Manager Sparky
    Anderson, who went on unpaid leave Friday rather than manage
    replacement players, called the team a "mess" and accused the
    front office of "phoniness" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 2/20).
    FLORIDA -- RIGHTS FEES:  Marlins President Don Smiley said if
    replacement games are played for an extended period, he would
    consider reducing the rights fees of the team's TV partners or
    increasing the number of telecasts on Sunshine Network and WBFS-
    TV (Barry Jackson, MIAMI HERALD, 2/19).
         LOS ANGELES -- PICKET PREPARATIONS:  The Dodgers, the only
    private owner of a spring training facility, met with local
    authorities to prepare for possible picket lines at Dodgertown
    (Bob Nightengale, L.A. TIMES, 2/20).
         MINNESOTA -- AD TIME:  Midwest Sports Channel GM Kevin
    Cattor said he will decide in a few weeks whether MSC will lower
    its ad rates to attract more advertisers to Twins games.  WCCO-TV
    will do the same this week (Rachel Blount, Minneapolis STAR
    TRIBUNE, 2/21).  Some Twins sponsors have requested "rate
    adjustments," and WCCO-TV is "struggling" to sell ads at full
    price (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/17).
         MONTREAL -- ALOU WAVERS:  Expos Manager Felipe Alou said he
    is undecided whether he would manage a replacement team
    (AP/Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 2/21).
         NEW YORK -- SHOWALTER PUTS OFF DECISION:  Early on Friday,
    Yankees Manager Buck Showalter "expressed uncertainty about
    whether he would manage replacement Yankees."  By the afternoon,
    he said he would be at the March 2 spring training opener, but he
    put off a decision on the regular season (Jack Curry, N.Y. TIMES,
    2/18).
         OAKLAND -- OPEN-DOOR POLICY:  A's President & GM Sandy
    Alderson, on the team's openness on their replacement players:
    "We don't want to expose any of our guys to pressure or ridicule"
    (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/19).
         PHILADELPHIA -- WHAT TO DO?  The Phillies are to open their
    spring schedule with the Orioles on March 3, but the O's say they
    won't play teams with replacement players.  Phillies GM Lee
    Thomas:  "If we're just going to play minor-leaguers against
    minor-leaguers, then why do we even have the replacement players
    here?" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 2/19).
         PITTSBURGH -- JOB TO DO:  Pirates Manager Jim Leyland, who
    described the scene as "weird," will manage the team this spring:
    "I have to do my job.  And I intend to do that to the best of my
    ability" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 2/21).
         ST. LOUIS -- UNION TOWN:  Labor leaders are urging the St.
    Louis area's 250,000 union members to boycott Busch Stadium if
    the Cardinals use replacement players (Roger Signor, ST. LOUIS
    POST-DISPATCH, 2/19).
         TORONTO -- NO FREE LUNCHES, OR DINNERS:  The city of
    Dunedin's annual "Welcome Back Blue Jays" dinner was cancelled
    (Jim Byers, TORONTO STAR, 2/18).
    

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  • BOSTON PASSES ON BIDDING FOR '98 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

         The Celtics "put up an air ball when the 1998 NBA All-Star
    Game was on the line," but the team is looking for another chance
    to host the game, reports Will McDonough of the BOSTON GLOBE.
    The deadline for bids was February 3, and since the Celtics
    failed to do so, they are now "out of the running."  While
    Celtics VP/Special Events Stu Layne said the Celtics would like
    the game in Boston at some point, "it is still not a great deal
    for the city."  Layne:  "It would be very expensive and take up a
    lot of time [for Celtics employees].  And also, it could cause
    some real problems with our own ticket-holders and game sponsors.
    The league takes the game over."  New Boston Garden Corp.
    President Larry Moulter "wants the Celtics to push harder the
    next time" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/18).  In Chicago, Sam Smith writes it
    will be "a while" before the United Center hosts the NBA All-Star
    Game.  Bulls VP Marketing & Broadcasting Steve Schanwald:  "We'll
    probably apply again around the turn of the century" (CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 2/20).
    

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  • MLB TO DONATE MORE MONEY TO LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

         MLB responded to a report last week that MLB was "cracking
    down" on copyright infringement by Little League teams and
    amateur adult leagues by requiring them to pay an additional $6
    fee to wear uniforms with "big-league nicknames."  The league
    issued a statement Friday that not only will Little League teams
    not be required to pay the fee, but that MLB would also "donate
    more money to youth baseball than it receives in royalties on
    licensed products sold to youth teams" (Kathy Reakes, FLORIDA
    TODAY, 2/18).  Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig:  "It is Major
    League Baseball's intent to encourage Little League clubs and
    other youth baseball clubs to use the names of Major league
    teams, not discourage it" (MLB).  MLB Properties VP & General
    Counsel Don Gibson:  "It's not a money issue.   It's a matter of
    trademark use.  If you don't protect your trademark, you risk
    losing it" (USA TODAY, 2/20).
    

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  • OTHER NBA NEWS & NOTES: CANADIAN TEAMS WANT DRAFT ON TV

         The Raptors and Grizzlies are discussing submitting a
    proposal to the NBA that would allow June's expansion draft to be
    televised in Canada.  The draft, to be held June 28 at Skydome,
    is slated to be held via phone and the players' names are not
    released during the proceedings.  There is speculation that the
    draft may be shown on a tape-delay basis (Howard Tsumura,
    Vancouver PROVINCE, 2/19).
         WILKENS TO COACH DREAM TEAM III?  Hawks Coach Leny Wilkens
    has emerged as the "prohibitive favorite" to coach the U.S. team
    at the '96 Games in Atlanta.  Wilkens' "professional demeanor and
    no-nonsense approach" are seen as key factors, considering the
    U.S. team's behavior at the '94 Worlds (Ailene Voisin, ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 2/19).
    

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