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BASEBALL -- BACK TO BUSINESS; COURT SAYS NO STAY, JUST PLAY
Published April 5, 1995
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected baseball owners' request for a stay of the injunction handed down Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, and in doing so "added weight to the contention of union officials that they are eager to resume negotiations and the owners are not." Judge Jon Newman to management attorney Frank Casey: "When you're telling us that the injunction is stopping you from negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, you're telling us something that isn't so" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 4/5). "The owners didn't expect to get the stay," but they also "didn't expect their lawyers to be treated as harshly as they were by the three-judge panel" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 4/5). Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, after talking to their lawyers: "I understand the hearing didn't get into the heart of the issues" (Peter Schmuck, Baltimore SUN, 4/5). When the union's lawyer rose to make his presentation, Judge Ralph Winter asked: "Do you like the way the argument is going so far?" (Bill Madden, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/5). LEGAL TEAM WAIVER WIRE: According to the WASHINGTON POST, two management sources said that Chuck O'Connor "is about to be removed" as general counsel for the Player Relations Committee. Selig denied that: "We haven't even considered it" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 4/5). GEORGE BACKS BUD: Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner: "I think Bud Selig has done a great job. I am tired of seeing him get slammed. ... Bud Selig has exhibited the best leadership that I have seen in the time that I have been in the game" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 4/4). FALLOUT: CNN's Mark Morgan examined the plight of small market teams forced to live under the old CBA. Morgan: "Small market clubs were looking for financial help from the big market clubs in the form of revenue sharing. They didn't get it." Morgan cited Montreal, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Seattle as teams in the most need ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 4/4). FANS LASH OUT: The CNN/USA TODAY/Gallup Poll surveyed 347 baseball fans on April 4 (margin of error +/- 6%): -- ARE YOU LESS INTERESTED IN BASEBALL THAN LAST SEASON? Less interested 69%, Just as interested 28%. -- WHO WON STRIKE? Players 11%, Owners 5%, Neither 77%. -- FEELINGS TOWARD BASEBALL NOW? Relieved 59%, Disgusted 58%, Angry 38%, Enthusiastic 30%. -- WHOSE SIDE DID YOU FAVOR DURING THE STRIKE? Players 27%, Owners 27%, Neither 35% (the owners led the players on this question by 38-25% on February 26). -- BASEBALL FANS? The percentage who say they are fans has dropped to 40%, from 55% on 8/9/94 (USA TODAY, 4/5).