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A GOOD IDEA NEVER DIES? BASEBALL OWNERS DISCUSS SALARY CAP
Published May 11, 1995
Representatives of the 28 MLB teams met outside Chicago yesterday and held a "wide-ranging discussion" on how to proceed in labor negotiations -- with "renewing their pursuit for a salary cap" among the possibilities. After a six-hour meeting in Itasca, IL, owners acknowledged that there was "sentiment" for dropping their most recent payroll tax proposal in favor of another salary cap plan. Red Sox CEO John Harrington: "You still have to think about achieving the goals you started out to achieve. ... Two other sports have caps that work reasonably well." In Washington, Mark Maske writes that "a return by the owners to the pursuit of a salary cap would diminish greatly" the chance of a settlement (WASHINGTON POST, 5/11). The owners "do not seem to have a clear cut plan," according to Murray Chass in today's N.Y. TIMES. The owners are likely to change their bargaining team, and sources on the players side have heard AL President Gene Budig and NL President Len Coleman might join the talks when they resume. An owners' committee -- chaired by Rusty Rose of Texas and joined by White Sox Owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, Braves President Stan Kasten, Phillies VP Dave Montgomery and Cubs President Andy MacPhail -- is working on the "plans to pursue with the union" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/11). SECRET PEACE TALKS: Sources among the players and owners told the L.A. TIMES there have been secret talks between both sides to ensure the '95 season will be played to completion (Ross Newhan, L.A. TIMES, 5/11). THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: A person close to Morgan, Lewis & Brockius' Rob Manfred has said that Manfred "has no plans" to assume the role of the owners' chief labor negotiator, but that Manfred "will aid in the transition to a new legal team" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 5/11).