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          MLB writers, analysts and columnists gave their
     opinions on the owners vote and the impending labor peace. 
     Here's a round-up of some of the major markets.  
          AWAY WE GO: In Atlanta, I.J. Rosenberg notes the deal
     "isn't expected to hold down salaries much" (ATLANTA
     CONSTITUTION, 11/27).  In Atlanta, Mark Bradley writes "So
     what?" on the labor deal, adding MLB "has rendered itself a
     lesser sport.  It is hockey in the summertime" (ATLANTA
     CONSTITUTION, 11/27).  In Baltimore, John Eisenberg: "It's
     not a day for applause ... the game is still a cesspool of
     self-interest run by 30 owners and 30 agendas" (Baltimore
     SUN, 11/27).   In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy: "One still has to
     wonder how a deal we were told three weeks ago would lead to
     ruination suddenly became acceptable" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/27). 
     In Chicago, Bob Verdi: "It feels more like a truce than
     peace, but it's a start.  Better to fight the forest fire
     with a squirt gun than to fight not at all" (CHICAGO
     TRIBUNE, 11/27).  In Chicago, Jay Mariotti calls the peace
     "hollow. ... Don't be surprised if small-market teams start
     to close shop, a sad scene" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/27). 
     ESPN's Peter Gammons: "The Pittsburgh's and Oakland's and
     Kansas City's are going to be like the St. Louis Browns and
     Philadelphia A's of about forty years ago, and we're going
     to see an era like the 50's, when the Yankees could be
     almost assured of being very close to the World Series every
     year" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 11/26).  On ESPN's "The Sports
     Reporters," William Rhoden: "What they [owners] did with
     this agreement was a baby step forward, but for them it was
     like light years" ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 12/1).  In
     Houston, Alan Truex, on the labor war: "Its damage will
     never be fully calculated.  Its fallout, like that of an
     atomic bomb, could last for decades" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE,
     11/27).  In L.A., Mike Downey: "Neither side came away happy
     ... Meantime, the rich get richer and the poorer pay so they
     can play" (L.A. TIMES, 11/27).  In Milwaukee, Michael
     Bauman: "Small-market teams will have made gains but will
     have achieved no lasting, clear-cut victory.  They will be
     forced to fight these battles again.  This is more of a
     postponement than a triumph" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL,
     11/27). In Minneapolis, Dan Barreiro: "This big news does
     little to change the powerful perception that the lords who
     run baseball have not even the slightest clue they know what
     they're doing" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/27). In New
     York, Mike Lupica: "Baseball was not saved in Chicago. This
     was just the owners saving face. ... Baseball didn't win ... 
     The owners didn't win.  The players won again" (N.Y. DAILY
     NEWS, 11/27).  In New York, Tom Keegan: "The players
     hammered the owners yet again" (N.Y. POST, 11/27).  In New
     York, Joel Sherman, on revenue sharing: "The deal should
     have mandated a minimum payroll for all teams" (N.Y. POST,
     11/28).  In New York, Robert Lipsyte: "Owners have to get
     past their welfare-state mentality, always asking for tax
     deals and subsidized housing.  Players have to be marketed
     as products" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/1).  In Philadelphia, Rich
     Hofmann writes under the header, "To Maintain Peace, Let's
     Waive Fehr, Selig."  Hofmann: "Peace in our time.  But, oh,
     the cost" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 11/27).  In Philadelphia,
     Jayson Stark: "Funny, we always thought Peace Day in
     baseball would feel better than this" (PHILADELPHIA
     INQUIRER, 11/27).  SI's legal analyst Lester Munson: "The
     owners gained a little bit of a drag on salaries, the
     players kept the arbitration and the free agency that is so
     valuable to them, this is a very good collective bargaining
     agreement, the most amazing part is they could have done
     this ... back in '94" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 11/26).  In
     Washington, Mark Maske: "No one seemed ecstatic about
     baseball's labor deal.  Relieved probably is a better
     description.  Maybe that's a sign that a compromise was
     truly forged" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/27).  In St. Pete, Gary
     Shelton: "They tell us all is right again, and we are
     supposed to believe them, and we are supposed to be
     applauding.  We aren't" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/27).  In
     Toronto, Neil Campbell writes the deal is a "boon to
     baseball" in Canada, with interleague rivalries, revenue
     help for the Expos and the Mariners playing eight dates a
     year in Vancouver (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/27). 
          EDITORIALS:  USA TODAY: "Much more needs to be done,
     and only a commissioner can do it. ... He -- she? -- first
     must shift the game's focus from the conference room back on
     the field" (USA TODAY, 11/27).  HARTFORD COURANT: "From the
     players' perspective, the labor agreement is mostly a
     godsend" (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/29).  The N.Y. TIMES: "By any
     measure, it's a good deal for the players" (N.Y. TIMES,
     11/27).  The TAMPA TRIBUNE: "Perhaps the best thing to come
     out of the agreement is interleague play" (TAMPA TRIBUNE,
     11/28).  MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL: "With the luxury tax in
     effect only for the first three years of the five-year deal,
     fans are right to wonder about the future" (MILWAUKEE
     cheer for major league baseball -- and a hope that it's not
     too late for its many spurned lovers to rediscover their
     delight in its subtle thrills" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,
     11/30).  Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE: "There isn't a lot here
     to make fans excited, much less grateful" (Minneapolis STAR
     TRIBUNE, 11/29).  SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE: "The settlement
     is a godsend for the ... Padres" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE,
     11/28).  ST. PETE TIMES: "Baseball wins, and so do we ...
     The new agreement takes some tentative steps toward fiscal
     sanity" (ST. PETE TIMES, 11/28).

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