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OWNERS STEP TO THE NLRB PLATE BUT RESULT COULD BE SAME
Published May 12, 1995
MLB owners returned to court yesterday seeking an appeal of the injunction that ended the 232-day strike. "From all indications, they will not be successful," writes Mike Shalin in this morning's BOSTON HERALD. Owners were represented by UVA law professor Douglas Leslie. The judges didn't "hammer" Leslie the way they did previous counsel Frank Casey, but "they asked him about 20 questions and made several comments that made it clear they couldn't understand his argument" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/12). Earlier in the day, attorneys for the owners and players held their second meeting to discuss "a possible settlement of the NLRB complaints against the clubs," according to Murray Chass of the N.Y. TIMES. The owners are to let the players' know if they want to continue talks or proceed with a trial before an administrative law judge May 22 (N.Y. TIMES, 5/12). IS JASPAN ON THE WAY UP? The owners had seven lawyers beside Leslie in court, including Tribune Co. lawyer Robert Ballow, Jerry Reinsdorf, and Stan Jaspan of the Milwaukee-based firm of Foley & Larnder. Jaspan is "emerging as a favorite" of acting Commissioner Bud Selig, and is "active in talks with the players aimed at heading off a May 22 trial" (Mike Shalin, BOSTON HERALD, 5/12).