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Negotiators for MLB owners and players are scheduled to meet tomorrow for the first time in 12 weeks, according to the N.Y. TIMES. MLBPA representatives will reportedly present a counterproposal to an offer made by the owners on November 15. The owners' plan called for adjusting taxes on player payrolls based on industry revenues. The union "has indicated" they see that as not much different than the luxury tax idea rejected last March (N.Y. TIMES, 2/6).
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue appears before the House Judiciary Committee today for further testimony on franchise movement, according to Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY. Testifying with Tagliabue will be Cleveland Mayor Michael White and Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, with the "key issue" being the use of public funds by cities to subsidize private enterprises (USA TODAY, 2/6). In Houston, John Williams reports "support is growing" for legislation to enable cities that lose a team to gain another NFL franchise. OH Rep. Martin Hoke's bill to protect "midsize markets" has attracted 43 co-sponsors (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/6). BROWNS VOTE THIS WEEK: Browns Owner Art Modell told the Baltimore SUN he has been promised there will be a vote on his team's move to Baltimore during a special owners meeting in Chicago on Thursday and Friday. Modell responded to reports that Baltimore's efforts would be "derailed" by the Seahawks' L.A. bid. Modell said he has not been lobbying his fellow owners to help approve his move: "If I don't have a good case, they should vote no" (Baltimore SUN, 2/6).
New MLS Commissioner Doug Logan was profiled in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Logan said the league has to "produce a credible product on the field worthy of being called Division One soccer, and we have to get to that level quickly" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/4....The CFL is preparing "for an onslaught of blitzing lawyers," according to Marty York of the GLOBE & MAIL. QB Matt Dunigan has sent a letter to CFL Commissioner Larry Smith threatening to sue for US$1.7M over his guaranteed contract with the now-defunct Birmingham Barracudas. The league will now consist exclusively of Canadian teams and could face similar suits over its "failed U.S. division" (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/6).