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BASEBALL'S OWNERS, UMPS NO CLOSER TO SETTLEMENT
Published April 21, 1995
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, WASHINGTON POST, 4/21).