SBD/2/Leagues Governing Bodies

WHAT A LONG, STRANGE, TRIP IT'S BEEN: MLB FINDS LABOR PEACE

          "After four tumultuous years, presidential
     intervention, the dismissal of a commissioner, cancellation
     of the 1994 World Series and two strike-shortened seasons,
     baseball finally reached a peace agreement," according to
     Bob Nightengale of the L.A. TIMES.  Owners voted 26-4 to
     approve the CBA they had rejected three weeks earlier, with
     the White Sox, Royals, A's and Indians voting against the
     measure.  The deal, which consists of revenue sharing,
     interleague play, a luxury tax on payrolls, a flat tax on
     salaries and service time, among other factors, is expected
     to receive final approval this week when the MLPBA votes on
     the agreement. In the two-hour owners meeting, Padres
     President Larry Lucchino and Mets President Fred Wilpon
     "openly criticized" White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf for his
     five-year, $55M deal, with Albert Belle (L.A. TIMES, 11/27). 
     In New York, Bill Madden noted "it's clear the owners are
     through following Reinsdorf's lead."  After Reinsdorf made
     his pitch to kill the deal, Lucchino reportedly stood and
     said, "Jerry, we've listened to you for four years.  You've
     been on every committee and you've been wrong every time
     you've told us we had to do something.  It's time for you to
     stop talking and get out of the way" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
     11/29). Acting Commissioner Bud Selig told the group: "I
     strongly recommend it [the deal]" (Stefan Fatsis, WALL
     STREET JOURNAL, 11/27).  The deal also means withdrawal of
     all litigation by the union in labor matters, which ESPN's
     Peter Gammons notes could hit $100M ("SportsCenter," 11/27).
          FEHR-LESS LEADER:  Selig said that owners "will soon"
     begin the search for a new commissioner, but did not comment
     on his candidacy, according to LaVelle Neal of the K.C.
     STAR.  Royals President Mike Herman, on a new commissioner:
     "Not a college professor or a politician" (K.C. STAR,
     11/27).  Phillies President Bill Giles: "Bud said he'll step
     down soon.  And I believe him" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS,
     11/27).  In Milwaukee, Tom Haudricourt notes even if Selig
     wanted the job on a permanent basis, "some believe his
     support among owners eroded ... to the point where he
     wouldn't be elected" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/27).
          TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN: AD AGE notes MLB is "forging
     ahead with its quest to sign" $500M in marketing deals. 
     Anheuser-Busch, True Value and Visa are "on board," and
     talks with Nike and Reebok "should resume next week" (AD
     AGE, 12/2).  Coca-Cola spokesperson Ben Deutsch: "This deal
     was critically important to us in order to maximize our
     sponsorships.  Our planning cycles usually run six to nine
     months in advance, and when you look at the calendar today,
     you see a deal couldn't have happened much later" (David
     Markiewicz,  Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/27).  MLB marketing
     consultant Mike Trager: "This doesn't necessarily open the
     floodgates, but it allows us to market baseball in a long-
     term way" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 11/27).  
          OWNERS REAX: A's President Sandy Alderson, who voted
     against the deal: "The deal is assisted suicide.  We have
     invited Dr. Kevorkian into our chamber" (Jerome Holtzman,
     CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/27).  D'Backs Managing General Partner
     Jerry Colangelo: "The players were not going to change much"
     (Don Ketchum, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/27).  Tigers President
     John McHale: "It's not perfect. It's not what everybody had
     on their wish list" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 11/27).  Giants
     Managing Partner Peter Magowan: "I would characterize it as
     a C-minus or D-plus.  But we've had an F" (Glenn Dickey,
     S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/27).  Rangers President Tom Schieffer:
     "This whole, sorry episode did a lot of damage ... it also
     introduced a level of cynicism to the game that it did not
     deserve" (Ken Daley, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/27).
          JUST WHEN HE THOUGHT HE WAS OUT, THEY PULL HIM BACK IN:
     Selig was named in a lawsuit field by the Greater Miami
     Baseball Club in which he is being asked to produce
     documents relating to his involvement in the departure of
     ex-commissioner Fay Vincent, according to Murray Chass of
     the N.Y. TIMES.  The suit involves the "makeup of an
     arbitration board that is to determine" the compensation the
     Marlins must pay a minor league team they displaced in '92
     when they joined the league.  The plaintiffs are suing Selig
     as Acting Commissioner, claiming he allowed members of the
     board to be "appointed improperly"  (N.Y. TIMES, 11/29).


Return to top
Video Powered By - Castfire CMS Powered By - Sitecore

Report a Bug