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BASEBALL BACK TO BUSINESS: SENATE ANTITRUST BILL REVIVED

     The Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on antitrust,
business rights and competition approved a bill that would
partially repeal baseball's antitrust exemption on a 4-0 voice
vote.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Orrin Hatch:  "This is an
aberration that government has created, and it is an aberration
that government should fix."  Sen. Alan Simpson, who arrived
after the vote, said he would introduce an amendment at the
committee level to require owners to allow players to approve
future commissioners, and to force the owners to remove
restrictions placed on the commissioner after Fay Vincent's
removal.  The amendment would also offer the owners the chance to
ask the president to appoint the commissioner (AP/ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION, 4/6).
     MANAGEMENT SHAKE-UP:  The WASHINGTON POST reports that
owners have decided to dismiss Chuck O'Connor as their lead labor
attorney.  "It's not immediately clear who, if anyone, would
replace O'Connor.  Several management people speculated today
that the owners may even consider appointing a commissioner
within the next few months."  Former Senate Majority Leader
George Mitchell and former Democratic National Committee Chair
Paul Kirk were listed as possible candidates (Mark Maske,
WASHINGTON POST, 4/6).
     NO PLAN, NO GAIN:  Former Commissioner Vincent writes in an
op-ed, "Lack of planning is endemic to baseball.  In 1990, the
owners' labor lawyer told me that any fallback positions would be
leaked by owners, so none could be discussed.  As a result,
during the heat of negotiation, the owners are constantly dealing
with problems on the run.  There is no careful war-gaming to
develop countermoves in anticipation of obvious union thrusts.
Meanwhile, the union plays for time, confident that eventually a
legal mistake will give it the dispositive edge" (MIAMI HERALD,
4/6).
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