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         Even though the NFL's finance committee voted 6-1 to change
    cross ownership rules to allow owners to own teams in other
    sports, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "ran into so much
    opposition" on the issue that he "tabled" it until the NFL's
    spring meetings in March, according to Vito Stellino of the
    Baltimore SUN.  Bills Owner Ralph Wilson, who objects cross
    ownership: "It's virtually the last rule we have and we should
    defend it.  If the rules are good enough for 75 years or
    whatever, why do we have to change?"  Bengals Owner Mike Brown:
    "The rule makes these teams special to the people who own them"
    (Baltimore SUN, 11/3).

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         As MLB owners prepare to meet in Chicago tomorrow to vote on
    a proposed labor deal, "a move was afoot yesterday to maneuver
    the responsibility of killing" the deal from the owners to the
    players, according to Murray Chass of the N.Y. TIMES.  Some
    owners have talked about making changes to the proposed deal,
    "most likely removing the players option for  a sixth year," and
    sending it back to the union for its approval.  Ownership would
    expect the union to "reject an altered agreement, but then it
    would appear that the players and not the owners were undermining
    labor peace."  One owners' source called the idea a "cheap
    publicity stunt" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/5).  USA TODAY's Hal Bodley
    notes the deal "appears doomed, with at least eight owners
    prepared to vote it down."  In his updated ownership survey,
    Bodley has the Red Sox joining the White Sox, Cubs, Royals,
    Mariners, Marlins, Astros and Expos in voting against a deal (USA
    TODAY, 11/5).  CNN's Nick Charles that MLB may let the Devil Rays
    and D'Backs vote on the deal even though they won't begin play
    until '98.  Charles: "Allowing votes for the expansion teams only
    adds more potential opponents to stop the deal" ("SportsTonight,"
    CNN, 11/4).  In Minneapolis, Jim Souhan writes that Twins are
    also "prepared" to vote against the deal (Minneapolis STAR
    TRIBUNE, 11/5).
         RAMIFICATIONS: In Chicago, Dave Van Dyck writes if the deal
    is defeated, "almost certainly, there will be another strike or
    lockout this winter or spring.  And, almost certainly, [MLBPA
    Exec Dir Donald] Fehr would become a hero to his troops."  One
    "insider" told Van Dyck, "It will get brutal. What you have seen
    so far isn't anything compared to what you will see" (CHICAGO
    SUN-TIMES, 11/5).
         NO NIKE: Last Thursday, MLB owners rejected the first "big
    deal" put together MLB Enterprises CEO Greg Murphy, a proposed
    10-year contract with Nike, according to Ronald Blum of the AP.
    Nike spokesperson Jim Small: "We're disappointed that baseball
    still can't seem to get its house in order."  Under the deal,
    Nike would have logo rights to 15-to-18 team uniforms, stadium
    signage and ad time on network broadcasts.  MLB team officials
    "were angered" that while Nike was making "a large commitment,"
    up to $200M, a "very small percentage of the money would have
    been filtered down to individual clubs."  Other clubs
    "complained" that teams on the MLB Properties board had more
    information on the deal than others.  One official: "People felt
    it was an uneven playing field."  Clubs were also against an
    "ambush" clause preventing teams from selling ads to Nike
    competitors (Ronald Blum, AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/5).

    Print | Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Nike, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays
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