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MLB'S NEWEST NEGOTIATOR TAKES OVER; STEINBRENNER CRITICIZED
Published October 25, 1995
MLB's new labor negotiator, Randy Levine, will oversee his first negotiating committee meeting today, according to Hal Bodley of USA TODAY. Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said today's session is "expected to set to tone for stepped-up negotiations to begin soon." Levine was appointed on September 19, but his role as MLB owners' chief negotiator began officially Monday (USA TODAY, 10/25). THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE: Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner's "media manipulation" during the World Series is criticized by Harvey Araton of the N.Y. TIMES. Although MLB requests that teams do no public business during the Series, Steinbrenner has remained in the news. Araton: "He is excellent at the art of news media manipulation and by seizing the World Series week ... he brazenly assumes lead-story status, pushes the Series into a corner in the newspapers and on the airwaves. He steals prominence from his sport." Araton, on the differences between Steinbrenner's actions and other leagues: "David Stern stands guard over the NBA product, and if Jerry Jones turned Super Bowl week into a Dallas Cowboys Nikethon, the NFL would at least have Paul Tagliabue do something about it. ... Bud Selig is probably too busy demanding a new stadium in Milwaukee to worry about conflicts of baseball's long-term interests" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/25). Mario Cuomo, asked if he would want to be MLB Commissioner: "I can't imagine 28 Steinbrenner's wanting me" ("Larry King Live," CNN, 10/24).