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         With managament and MLB's locked out umpires "no closer to
    an agreement Thursday than they were five days ago," MLBUA
    General Counsel Richie Phillips said that both sides will "review
    the entire dispute and discuss philosophies today."  The two
    sides exchanged new proposals on Wednesday (Hal Bodley, USA
    TODAY, 4/21).  In Washington, Thomas Boswell writes, "While the
    owners look Neanderthal for subjecting their product to further
    ridicule at such a tender time, the umpires look even denser."
    Boswell writes that umpires "don't deserve" the raise they are
    seeking -- "Not because they're umpires.  But because, as a
    group, they're not good enough umpires" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/21).
         REVENUE PROJECTIONS:  Red Sox CEO John Harrington said the
    28 MLB teams are projecting between $1.3-1.4B in revenues this
    year, down from the $1.8B the clubs were projecting for a full
    '94 season.  Harrington predicts players will earn $900M in
    salaries, down from about $1B for a full '94 (Mark Maske,

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         Media accounts of the reasons for the resignation of Charles
    Grantham as Exec Dir of the NBPA continue to vary.   In the
    current issue of SI, Phil Taylor cites sources close to the talks
    between the league and union who say that Grantham "was losing
    support of some of the players because of what they considered
    his hard-line approach."  Taylor adds that with former NBPA
    General Counsel Simon Gourdine taking Grantham's place as head of
    the union negotiating team -- "and presumably taking a more
    conciliatory tack -- some owners have said there could be a new
    agreement in place before the playoffs are over. ... The split
    between Grantham and the players wasn't especially bitter, but a
    rift of any kind represents an opening for the league" (SI, 4/24
    issue).  But in Boston, Jackie MacMullan continues to report that
    Grantham's spending habits led to his departure.  One agent who
    sits on the union's advisory committee notes that during last
    summer's antitrust trial, union officials stayed at a "$500-a-day
    hotel" and traveled to the courthouse in limos.  The agent:  "I
    think we could have survived at the Hyatt and taking cabs."  In
    addition, the agent reports that players were assessed an extra
    $3,000 for '94 on top of the usual $5,000 in union dues (BOSTON
    GLOBE, 4/20).  The NBPA Executive Board is expected to meet today
    in Philadelphia (Lacy Banks, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/20).

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