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         "Left with no other recourse," President Clinton proposed
    legislation Wednesday to create an independent panel of three
    neutral arbitrators to settle the dispute.  But House Speaker
    Newt Gingrich "and his Republican cohorts have made it clear they
    don't want to get" involved in the baseball mess (Tom
    Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE SENTINEL, 2/9).
         PROBLEMS IN CONGRESS, FOR NOW:  ABC's Brit Hume: "The
    president ... was careful today not to criticize Republicans
    leaders for their hesitance."  Clinton: "They should be
    reluctant.  I was reluctant, we're all reluctant.  If we had a
    baseball commissioner, none of us would have been in here."
    ABC's John Cochran: "Republicans know that, come warm weather,
    the country may demand that they 'Play Ball' with the president"
    (2/8).   Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL): "Congress has played a role by
    allowing this anti-trust exemption to continue, we should now
    play an affirmative role in resolving this dispute" ("Business
    Insiders," CNBC, 2/8). CNN's Mark Morgan:  "It seems highly
    unlikely, if not impossible, that an arbitration bill would pass
    through Congress.  The men and women on the Hill disagree just as
    much as baseball's owners and players" (CNN, 2/8).
         USERY'S FATE:  Special Mediator William Usery "so incensed"
    the union with what it saw as a "pro-ownership proposal that the
    union is expected to remove him from further participation."
    Braves Player Rep Tom Glavine: "I don't see how we can take him
    seriously now" (Thomas Stinson, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/9). Dick
    Conn, spokesperson for Usery, said Usery did consider withdrawing
    from the process, but Congressional and Clinton officials have
    urged him to stay on (Ross Newhan, L.A. TIMES, 2/9).
         WHAT ABOUT SPRING TRAINING?  According to Ron Pies,
    President of the Cactus League Association in AZ, advance ticket
    sales are only 20% behind last year: "These numbers are
    encouraging.  This shows that there is more of an interest in
    baseball than in some of the top name players."  Brad Smidt, an
    economic development specialist in AZ: "I still think a lot of
    people come out here for the weather.  They're going to go to the
    games no matter what."  AZ hotels say bookings for the six weeks
    of spring training "remain strong" (Lawrence Rocca, ORANGE COUNTY
    REGISTER, 2/9).

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         ANGELS OWNER JACKIE AUTRY reacting to Labor Secretary Robert
    Reich's statement that using replacement players would be
    "anathema and unacceptable": "I'm not a crystal ball gazer or a
    tea leaf reader, but everything I've read has indicated the fans
    would be receptive to replacement players" (ORANGE COUNTY
    REGISTER, 2/9).
         BREWER PITCHER BOB SCANLAN: "When the President of the
    United States puts his fist down and doesn't get anywhere with
    the owners, the only solution left is Congress removing the
    antitrust exemption" (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL, 2/9).
         CHICAGO TRIBUNE'S BOB VERDI: "So where does baseball go now
    to save itself?  The Vatican?" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/9).
         CUBS PRESIDENT ANDY MACPHAIL: "Our commander-in-chief told
    [Usery] to get the parties back together and gave him a big stick
    to offer a recommendation if he felt there was no progress.
    After a month, he makes that recommendation, and then the
    president leaves him" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/9).
         JIM PALMER, former Oriole, at the opening of the Ted
    Williams Museum: "The players want what they want, they're very
    selfish.  The owners want what they want, they're very selfish"
    ("CBS This Morning," 2/9).
         MIAMI HERALD'S DAN LA BATARD: "Some Rutgers students are
    strong enough to stop a game but our country's president isn't
    strong enough to start one" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/9).
         PETER GAMMONS: "With today's attention spans, people can
    learn in a hurry to move over and watch 'Beavis and Butthead' and
    forget all about baseball" (CBS, 2/9).
         RED SOX CEO JOHN HARRINGTON: "The President found out ...
    that he should not have gotten involved. ... He had no authority
    to act" (CBS, 2/8).
         ROCKIES OWNER JERRY MCMORRIS: "As much as I hate to think
    about it, (the players) are validating the use of replacement
    players.  They don't bargain.  They refuse to compromise.  They
    trash one of the more respected mediators in the country because
    they don't like his recommendation on an agreement.  We just have
    to do ahead with alternate plans" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/9).
         SENATE JUDICIARY CHAIR ORRIN HATCH:  "I really believe that
    there is a small click of owners who want to stick it to the
    players so they can dominate this game without having the players
    have virtually any say in the game" (ABC, 2/8).

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         The San Antonio City Council is expected to approve a  deal
    today that will allow the CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners to
    relocate to the Alamodome.  The only "glitch" that could kill the
    deal is the team's proposed share of concession revenues at the
    dome.  Currently, the Spurs receive 60%, the city receives 40%.
    A new name is expected to be announced for the team (Frank
    Zicarelli, TORONTO SUN, 2/9).
         POSSE UPDATE:  The investment group that controls the Las
    Vegas Posse is expected to meet today and vote on offers received
    from Jackson, MS and L.A. groups interested in moving the club.
    CFL Relocation Director Steve Arnold favors Jackson, saying the
    Mississippi city could be "a little Green Bay" (Gary Kingston,
    VANCOUVER SUN, 2/9).

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