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         "The longest and costliest work stoppage in professional
    sports history is over," writes Ross Newhan in this morning's
    L.A. TIMES.  Last night, acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig
    announced that the owners would accept the players'
    "unconditional offer" to return to work.  But, there is still no
    agreement, "no hint of a settlement and no guarantee the players
    won't strike again in August.  There is also no assurance the
    owners won't attempt to declare another impasse -- the injunction
    order requires court approval -- and implement a new economic
    system anchored to a high-rate payroll tax" (L.A. TIMES, 4/3).
         NO NO-STRIKE PLEDGE:  In a Saturday meeting, the owners'
    lawyers "asked about the idea of a no-strike, no-lockout
    agreement but did not request a pledge."  Management lawyers were
    concerned that placing "such a condition on an acceptance of an
    unconditional offer to return to work" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES,
    4/3).  Selig "said it will be up to the owners' bargaining
    committee to speak to the union about a no-strike pledge," but
    Orioles Owner Peter Angelos believes there is "sentiment on both
    sides" for the union to do so in return for the owners agreeing
    not to implement their system (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 4/3).
    MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr appeared on NBC's "Today" and was asked
    about the lack of a no-strike pledge and what would prevent a
    repeat:  "We've just lived through it.  It's no longer imaginary.
    No one can say to themselves anymore that if we do this it will
    last two weeks, or the players will fold or everybody will cross.
    We know what it can mean and that ought to put a real breath of
    cold air on it" (NBC, 4/3).
         THE LOCKOUT NON-VOTE:  ESPN's Peter Gammons said there were
    15 or 16 owners who wanted a lockout, but they were "terrified"
    by the possibility of financial losses.  Gammons: "I found it
    very interesting the way they never took a vote and they never
    said they wouldn't lock out.  They are still holding that hammer"
    ("SportsCenter," 4/2).
         BACK TO THE TABLE:  CNN's Bob Lorenz notes that Selig "would
    not say whether the owners would keep that (their latest) offer
    on the table" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 4/2).  One NL owner:  "When
    we resume negotiations, we're going to start all over again.  No
    more of this luxury tax stuff.  We're going to ask for a salary
    cap."  The same owner, on Fehr's belief that negotiations will
    resume soon:  "Who's he kidding?  We just lost our shirt.  Right
    now we've got nothing to gain" (Jerome Holtzman, CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
         TAKE A NUMBER:  Forgotten throughout the recent players
    dispute is the fact that MLB's umpires are locked out.  The MLBPA
    is seeking a 60% pay raise over a four-year proposal.  They
    recently withdrew an unfair labor practices charge against MLB,
    but "it's possible the umpires may consider refiling those
    charges."  In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck reports, "Barring hard and
    successful negotiations in the next three weeks, the already
    tainted 1995 season will start with replacement umpires"
    (Baltimore SUN, 4/3).

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         ABC'S ARMEN KETEYIAN:  "While it may only take a few weeks
    to get the contracts signed and players back on the field, it may
    take much longer to repair the damage done to baseball's image"
    ("World News Tonight," ABC, 4/2).
         AGENT RON SHAPIRO:  "While there is a lot of insanity in the
    game, all the parties realize that the worst thing that can
    happen is that there will be a strike during the season" (Ken
    Rosenthal, Baltimore SUN, 4/3).
         BALTIMORE SUN'S KEN ROSENTHAL:  "Get an agreement -- a long,
    sensible, fair agreement -- then talk about reviving the national
    pastime" (Baltimore SUN, 4/3).
         BALTIMORE SUN'S PETER SCHMUCK picks Winners:  Fehr, Angelos,
    Sotomayor, John Calhoun Wells (who "got out before the dispute
    got him), Ripken and civics teachers.  Losers:  Morgan, Lewis &
    Brockius ("When the client doesn't know what's good for him, do
    you take orders or take a hike?"), Selig, fans, umpires, Usery,
    Clinton (Balto. SUN, 4/3).
         BOSTON GLOBE'S BOB RYAN:  "Until the owners rectify the big-
    market, small-market revenue situation and find an economic
    system they can live with ... we'll be right back here a year
    from now" ("CBS This Morning," 4/3).
         BOSTON GLOBE'S DAN SHAUGHNESSY:  "Everything that happened
    in the last six weeks meant nothing.  As Emily Latella would say,
    'Never mind'" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/3).
         BOSTON HERALD'S GEORGE KIMBALL writes the owners' "final
    days were marked by bickering, panic-stricken moves and a
    complete and utter crumbling of resolve" (BOSTON HERALD, 4/3).
         BOSTON HERALD'S MICHAEL GEE:  "The owners are on the verge
    of gaining their most substantial financial concessions since
    free agency, even if they accepted the union's latest proposal.
    But the moguls don't see that, because they're blind with rage.
    How dare Judge Sonia Sotomayor rule that United States laws apply
    to baseball" (BOSTON HERALD, 4/3).
         CARDINALS PRESIDENT MARK LAMPING: "The aspect of this
    regarding the players coming back without a settlement, from our
    point of view, solves absolutely nothing" ("Nightly News," NBC,
         CHICAGO TRIBUNE'S ANDREW BAGNATO:  "Don't expect a
    tickertape parade to mark the game's return" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
         CNN'S BOB LORENZ:  "This game, which has been in disarray
    for nearly eight months, appears to have been pieced back
    together again.  Fans now can only hope that this time around it
    won't fall apart before the playoffs and World Series begins"
    ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 4/2).
         ESPN'S PETER GAMMONS: "Let's face it, the game is much worse
    off today than it was on August 12 when they struck, and coming
    back doesn't do anything to help that.  I am afraid if this thing
    drags on and they can't get a settlement during the year, they
    are going to diminish this industry dramatically" ("Sunday
    Sportsday," ESPN, 4/2).
         FORMER COMMISSIONER FAY VINCENT:  "What a tremendous waste
    of time it all was. ... I feel very bad for an institution that I
    was involved with, that it is just so untidy and unsuccessful.
    It's embarrassingly inept.  The tragedy is a lack of planning, a
    lack of care. ... They would be better off spending their time
    figuring out how to work together" (Claire Smith, N.Y. TIMES,
    back; the game is back; but will the business be back?  The jury
    is out.  And if the fans aren't going to be into baseball, do I,
    as a company, want to be the official whatever of Major League
    Baseball?" (John Helyar, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/3).
         LOS ANGELES TIMES' BILL DWYRE:  "The fact that the game's
    major players, who own the game's major players, could not decide
    anything in eight months of finger-pointing, name-calling and
    hate-mongering ... cannot be forgotten" (L.A. TIMES, 4/3).
         METS OWNER FRED WILPON:  "There are no winners here.
    There's a temporary perception of a win for the union and a loss
    for the owners, but there's no winner unless there's a collective
    bargaining agreement" (N.Y. POST, 4/1).
         NBC'S BOB COSTAS:  "In the ebb and flow in this long
    dispute, this is a significant victory for the players. ... Keep
    this is mind, even though replacement baseball has probably been
    avoided and even though the real players will be back, the fans
    interest is not protected until there is a true collective
    bargaining agreement" ("Nightly News," NBC, 3/31).  Costas, this
    morning:  "As a practical matter, had she [Judge Sotomayor] not
    issued the injunction, we might have had a settlement quicker
    because there was pressure on both sides" ("Today," NBC, 4/3).
         NBC'S ODETTA ROGERS-CLARKE on the possibility of another
    strike:  "Even union officials admit that if they let fans down
    again, they would be really dropping the ball.  Perhaps for good"
    ("Nightly News," NBC, 4/2).
         NEW YORK DAILY NEWS' BILL MADDEN:  "It is the owners'
    lawyers who have a lot of explaining to do.  The Washington firm
    of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, which represented the owners
    through all the collusion cases, is looking like the Anthony
    Young of law firms" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/1).
         NEW YORK NEWSDAY'S MIKE LUPICA:  "This needs to end now.
    The owners and players are close than they've ever been on the
    issue of a luxury tax on team payrolls. ... They all should have
    been in a room [Saturday] night and into [Sunday] morning and
    through this day hammering all that out.  But the posturing
    continues" (NEWSDAY, 4/2).
         NEW YORK POST'S TOM KEEGAN, to the owners:  "Maybe your
    Nightmare Team of crack litigators will win one in 2020 on the
    50-year anniversary [of the Flood decision].  Try again then, not
    now" (N.Y. POST, 4/1).
         NEW YORK TIMES' CLAIRE SMITH:  "If and when the players
    return, old fissures, jealousies and fears cannot help
    resurfacing on the management team" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/3).
         NEW YORK TIMES' DAVE ANDERSON:  "There is no winner.  There
    will never be a winner.  There is only a loser:  you [the fan]"
    (N.Y. TIMES, 4/3).
         NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL:  "This is a reprieve, not a
    resolution" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/3).
         ORIOLES OWNER PETER ANGELOS:  "We all have positions and
    sometimes we're right and sometimes we're wrong.  Maybe this time
    I was right.  Hopefully, the next time I won't be wrong" (Peter
    Schmuck, Baltimore SUN, 4/3).
         PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER's BILL LYON:  "There is not the
    flimsiest tatter of evidence to suggest that either side is any
    smarter than it was 7 1/2 months ago" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,
         PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER's FRANK DOLSON:  "Common sense says
    there's no way either side in this baseball mess would dare
    subject themselves and their game to a repeat of what we have
    just endured. ... But since when has common sense been a factor
    in all this? (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/3).
         PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER'S JAYSON STARK:  "What is sad about
    the way this strike ended is that it hardly made anything in
    baseball better.  It just increased the animosity and the sadness
    and the uncertainty.  And you don't fight a 7 1/2-month war to
    make things worse" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/2).
         PRESIDENT CLINTON:  "While I am heartened to know this
    season will start with major league players, there are a number
    of underlying issues which still need to be resolved" (ATLANTA
         TAMPA TRIBUNE'S JOE HENDERSON:  "Baseball owners -- the
    collective equivalent of the '62 Mets in Brooks Brothers suits --
     never learn.  Once again, the guardians of our national pastime
    overlooked such trivialities as the law, and once again a judge
    thumbed them" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/1).
         TULANE LAW'S GARY ROBERTS:  "The owners are in a very
    awkward and difficult position and it will probably mean that
    they will be willing to make some compromises now that they were
    not willing to make at the bargaining table in the past"
    ("Nightly News," NBC, 3/31).
         USA TODAY'S HAL BODLEY:  "The bottom line?  There were no
    real winners.  Only one big loser.  Major league baseball" (USA
    TODAY, 4/3).
         WASHINGTON POST'S FRANK SWOBODA: "Score it 8-0, players over
    the owners ... the owners' decision not to lock out the players
    was a clear signal of surrender in the latest round of contract
    negotiations" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/3).
         WASHINGTON POST'S SHIRLEY POVICH:  "After eight months of
    useless, expensive, boorish bargaining, they have progressed all
    the way back to square one.  Humph" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/2).
         WASHINGTON POST'S THOMAS BOSWELL:  "This is Bud Selig's
    legacy:  He took control of the game when it had small,
    manageable financial problems. ... Now, in less than eight
    months, the game is at the brink of total financial comedy"

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         In Chicago, Sam Smith claims that the NBA's contract
    negotiations are "sounding familiar."  "Now that baseball is
    fixing its problems, it's only appropriate that the NBA's
    negotiations on a new contract are dragging," writes Smith.
    Smith notes that the latest proposal from the union would give
    players the "equivalent of about 70 percent of the league's gross
    revenues under the previous formula for distributions."
    According to the NBPA, "that shows just how much the teams were
    hiding before" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/3).

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