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WOULD NO DEAL BY DECEMBER MEANS ANOTHER MLB STRIKE?
Published September 13, 1995
Red Sox CEO John Harrington, the head of ownership's Bargaining Committee, said yesterday that should "baseball's labor dispute continue into December, ownership will probably declare an impasse and unilaterally implement its own terms, leading, perhaps, to another strike," writes John Strege in today's ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. Harrington, in Detroit for the owners' quarterly meetings today and tomorrow, said revenue sharing and cost containment will be discussed (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/13). Harrington added it is "extremely important" that players and owners reach an agreement that guarantees the playoffs and World Series will be played. Harrington: "It would be comforting to the fans and sponsors to know it's definitely on track" (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 9/13). Astros Owner Drayton McLane, who will present a comprehensive list of proposed changes in revenue sharing, said the players' union is "not really trying to negotiate." McLane: "They know that anything that's negotiated will not be as good for them as what they have now" (Alex Truex, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/13). BABY STEPS: Although no vote is scheduled on placing the new expansion franchises into either league, Harrington believes the two teams would be put in the same league, "probably the American" (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 9/13). Harrington: "I'd rather see us put one team in each league, than two years after that expand again by two teams. But if we don't get a satisfactory labor deal, we will face relocation issues" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/13).