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MLB MEETS IN ATLANTA: IS ADIDAS CASE CLOSE TO SETTLING?
Published September 17, 1997
MLB Realignment Committee Chair and Red Sox CEO John Harrington said that "it's possible but unlikely that owners will vote" this week on a realignment plan, according to Mark Maske of the WASHINGTON POST. Harrington: "If we can whittle them down to two or three and do more study, maybe you take a vote in two or three weeks. But there can be a breakthrough here" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/17). Harrington: "Everybody wants to do something. They just don't want it to affect them. Do open-heart surgery, but don't leave a mark" (Tom Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/17). The committee will meet this morning and then present data in separate NL and AL meetings (Ross Newhan, L.A. TIMES, 9/17). In Atlanta, I.J. Rosenberg writes that "one thing was clear" from yesterday's meetings -- "a compromise will be tough to reach" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/17). In N.Y., Murray Chass reports that realignment "has stalled so badly that it may be moving in reverse" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/17). ESPN's Peter Gammons: "Everyone wants something to change they just don't want to be affected by it, and that's really a serious problem" ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN, 9/16). MURPHY'S LAST STAND? In N.Y., Bill Madden writes that Selig "is under fire ... for failing to deal with the issue" of MLBE President Greg Murphy, "whom the owners want fired." Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner did not attend the meetings "because his suit with adidas against baseball probably won't get settled until" Murphy is "gone." A Yankee source said that the suit "is close to being settled, with adidas getting a share of the major league apparel deal, but that Murphy is still holding out to cut an exclusive deal with Nike" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/17). EVERYBODY MURRAY FRUM TONIGHT: In Toronto, Jim Byers reports that while the sale of the Blue Jays to a group led by Murray Frum is on MLB's agenda, "sources said the deal likely wouldn't get approved and that there are still some wrinkles, including the lack of financial disclosures by one of the consortium members and perhaps even some new faces in the deal." But Frum said that "there are no new faces in his group and that he isn't aware of any outstanding issues with his ownership bid" (TORONTO STAR, 9/17).