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BASEBALL RELEASED! STRIKE IS OVER, ILL WILL ENDURES

     "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,
4/2).
     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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