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  • BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 215: NLRB CALLS TIME-OUT

         NLRB General Counsel Fred Feinstein "is expected to announce
    today that he is issuing a complaint against baseball's owners
    for unfair labor practice and will seek an injunction that would
    compel the owners to reinstate the terms and conditions of the
    old labor agreement with the players," writes Ross Newhan of the
    L.A. TIMES.  The NLRB action means a postponement in talks.
    While MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr said he believed they could resume
    Wednesday,   management representatives claimed it would time to
    reassess the NLRB's decision.  Should Feinstein get the NLRB's
    approval to pursue an injunction, both sides could be in U.S.
    District Court in Manhattan "within two weeks."  The players have
    said that if they receive an injunction, they would end the
    strike -- thus leading to a possible lockout by ownership.  Red
    Sox CEO John Harrington said a lockout would depend on "options
    open to us at the time":  "There are some scenarios where there
    wouldn't be a lockout and a whole lot of scenarios where there
    would be" (L.A. TIMES, 3/14).  O'Connor said it was
    "unbelievable" talks would be held up (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON
    POST, 3/14).
         WHERE THINGS STOOD:  The union staff plans to meet with
    "high-profile" players tonight and maybe tomorrow in Orlando.
    "The players continue to put up a bold front, but their
    negotiating position appears to be deteriorating" (Peter Schmuck,
    Baltimore SUN, 3/14).  Several agents denied that an increasing
    number of players and agents were pressuring Fehr to make a deal.
    One agent said the union has been listening to "suggestions."
    Sources said the player meetings will also deal with the status
    of a proposed barnstorming tour.  Jayson Stark reports that
    Reebok, the original sponsor, "has backed off.  But the union may
    have found a way to keep the possibility of the tour alive"
    (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/14).  On Monday, the owners "apparently
    thought they were in a good position" until word of the NLRB
    announcement.  "A negotiating team was in place and owners seemed
    confident they could make a deal on their terms" (Larry
    Whiteside, BOSTON GLOBE, 3/14).
         HAD ENOUGH?  Phillies President Bill Giles expressed his
    frustration with the latest delay:  "I may get dramatic on my
    own.  I'm just fed up.  This is killing me.  I've been thinking
    about a lot of things.  I'll see what happens in the next few
    days.  But if things are not straightened out over the next two
    or three days, I may try something that involves just our team.
    It may not work.  But I've got to try something" (Jayson Stark,
    PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/14).
         NEWS & NOTES:  Seattle attorney Steve Berman, "known for
    filing high-profile class-action suits and wringing substantial
    settlements from defendants without going to trial," filed suit
    in U.S. District Court in Seattle on behalf of fans, season-
    ticket holders and affected businesses as a challenge to
    baseball's antitrust exemption (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER,
    3/14)....Mets GM Joe McIlvane said he believes players will begin
    to cross if the next round of talks collapse (N.Y. POST,
    3/14)....A recent NBC/ Wall Street Journal Poll found that the
    number of people who consider themselves baseball fans has
    slipped from 55% in July '94 to 41% in March '95 (NBC/WSJ
    Poll)....CBS Money Editor John Stehr examined the impact of
    replacement ball on spring training towns ("CBS This Morning,"
    3/14).
    

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  • MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY: WILL "THE A" EAT TEAMS FROM "THE E"?

         Negotiations continue between Centre Management and
    prospective AHL franchise owners Bob Teck and Alan Gertner for an
    AHL expansion team to play in Baltimore, according to this
    morning's Baltimore SUN.  Centre Management VP of  Facilities
    Gary Handleman said the two parties will be "sitting down" next
    week (Baltimore SUN, 3/14).
         MOVIN' ON UP?  Reports in the past week indicate that NHL
    owners are "urging" the AHL to expand their league to facilitate
    a move away from the IHL.  Multiple reports last week had the
    Hampton Roads, Charlotte and Greensboro, and South Carolina
    franchises of the ECHL join a Baltimore AHL expansion team to
    form a new Southeast Division of the AHL (Ed Duckworth,
    PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 3/9).  ECHL Richmond Renegades President
    Harvey Feuerstein reported talk of a "potential merger" between
    the AHL and ECHL.  Feuerstein:  "It's an apparent attempt to
    establish a very firm Triple A and Double A-type system" (John
    Packett, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 3/9).  NHL VP of Public
    Relations Arthur Pincus denied an AP report last week that the
    NHL was trying to force five IHL franchises to move to the AHL
    (THE DAILY).
    

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