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Published June 30, 1995
MLB owners' labor negotiating committee will hold a conference call today. Rockies Owner Jerry McMorris said the committee will meet at the All-Star game next month, "then resume talks" with the players. McMorris, Red Sox CEO John Harrington and Royals CEO David Glass are expected to comprise the "bargaining team." McMorris said negotiations with players will resume "definitely in July" (AP/Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 6/30). Two pieces this morning examine baseball's low attendance and how the lack of a CBA is in some way responsible. Allan Barra, in the WALL STREET JOURNAL: "What is remarkable, however, is that attendance this year isn't lower than it is, given that another strike would render the games fans are watching now meaningless. And don't kid yourself: in the absence of a Basic Agreement between players and owners, a strike looms as a real possibility" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/30). In Philadelphia, Lynn Zinser writes, "No one is going to fully invest their emotions in baseball until they are reasonably sure they won't have the rug pulled out from under them. As it is, the next World Series seems as endangered as the last one" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/30).