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MLB OWNERS DECIDE IT IS BETTER TO SHARE THAN BE GREEDY?
Published August 17, 1995
Baseball's owners this week "intensified" discussions about adopting a revenue sharing plan next year with or without a new labor agreement, according to the WASHINGTON POST. A committee headed by Astros Owner Drayton McLane proposed the plan. The owners already have a plan that would transfer $58M annually from large to small-market clubs. However, the owners argue that the plan can't be put in place until there is agreement on curbing players' salaries. McLane's plan would immediately aid small- market clubs which say they need revenue-sharing to survive. Mark Maske notes large-market clubs are "wary" of such a plan without a salary cap or payroll tax (WASHINGTON POST, 8/17). OTHER HAPPENINGS: Dave van Dyck noted from Chicago that one "moderate" owner said the labor situation better be resolved by mid-September if baseball wants to cut a multimillion-dollar deal with Fox (CHICAGO SUN TIMES, 8/15). New York City's Commissioner of Labor Relations Randy Levin appears to be the choice as new chief labor negotiator with an announcement to be "made soon." Owners are also close to hiring a new marketing director (WASHINGTON POST, 8/17). MADAME COMMISSIONER? When asked to name two public figures he thought would be good Commissioners, former Commissioner Bowie Kuhn named former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Colin Powell. Kuhn added while he didn't think either would want the job, he also didn't think the owners would approve either of them because of each one's ability to be a "strong leader" (Bob Wolfley, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/17). UBL GEARING UP: The UBL will hold a press conference today in New York to announce major developments for the season starting in the spring of '96. Included will be information on a commitment for an extensive national media deal, franchise owner/owner groups for the first season, locations of first season stadium facilities, UBL's schedule, and the format for its Championship Series (UBL).