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ONE OWNER COMES OUT AGAINST THE IDEA OF COMMISSIONER SELIG
Published April 20, 1995
Dodgers Owner Peter O'Malley "emphasized the urgency of hiring a commissioner but said Wednesday that he won't be among those urging that acting Commissioner Bud Selig be retained," according to today's L.A. TIMES. Asked if he would support Selig for full-time commissioner, O'Malley "paused, asked for the question to be repeated and then slowly answered." His response: "My answer is no. Two letters. One word. No." O'Malley said he would withhold further comment until a collective bargaining agreement is in place (Bob Nightengale, L.A. TIMES, 4/20). SPEAKING OF WHICH: The need for a long-term settlement is the focus of a CHICAGO SUN-TIMES examination of the labor situations in the NBA, NHL and MLB. Dave Van Dyck writes, "If nothing else, the seemingly endless baseball war should have served as a reminder to other pro sports of how not to conduct negotiations" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/20). NL President Leonard Coleman was interviewed during last night's Reds-Phillies game on ESPN. Coleman, on the need for a long-term labor agreement: "It is of critical importance. Fans ought to be able to enjoy the game and not have to sit back and worry about management labor issues. The game has already had enough disruptions, so hopefully we can get something long term so the fans can look forward to worrying about batting averages and ERA's rather than what's happening in the negotiating room" (ESPN, 4/19).