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MLB OWNERS TO MAKE THEIR FINAL, FINAL OFFER?

     MLB chief labor negotiator Randy Levine and MLBPA Exec Dir
Don Fehr met in New York yesterday, but according to all reports,
"little progress was made."  Levine:  "We had a meeting Tuesday
and discussed all the issues.  We will meet again Friday."
Meanwhile, MLB's Executive Council meets in Milwaukee today where
Levine will ask for permission for a final offer to the players
"as early as next week."  If that does not produce an agreement,
management is ready to ask U.S. District Court Judge Sonia
Sotomayor to lift her injunction imposed in March '95 that led to
the end of the strike.  The intent of Sotomayor's injunction was
to force the sides to reach a deal, "but they went eight months
without even negotiating."  If the injunction is lifted, the
owners would be free to implement their own economic system,
which they believe would force the union to make a deal.  The
players, however, retain the threat to call another strike (Tom
Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL, 8/7).
     DUELING QUOTES:  Fehr: "If they choose to go back to court
and publicly re-air all our disputes, I have a hard time
believing that's positive" (NEWSDAY, 8/7).  Levine:  We haven't
had a new labor agreement since 1992.  This is insane. ... We're
not going to sit the whole season the way it is.  I think the
players want it over, the owners want it over. I want it over
with.  At least I think the players want it over.  I'm trying to
give them the benefit of the doubt" (Dave Van Dyck, CHICAGO SUN-
TIMES, 8/7).
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