SBD/12/Leagues Governing Bodies

MLB, PART II: MANAGEMENT SOURCE HAS LABOR TALKS IN COURT

     MLB owners are threatening to return to court on a second
attempt to impose a new economic system should negotiations with
the MLBPA not accelerate by the All-Star break, according to Mark
Maske of the WASHINGTON POST.  One management source told Maske,
"We're either going to have a deal or something close to a deal
at the all-star break, or we're going to court soon after that."
The owners attempted such an implementation in December '94
during the strike, but "under pressure" from the NLRB, they
withdrew a salary cap system soon after imposing it.  MLB chief
negotiator Randy Levine declined to comment on a possible return
to court, but MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr said, "It doesn't
surprise me.  It's easy to rattle sabers."  The union is expected
to deliver a new proposal to management this week (WASHINGTON
POST, 6/12).
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