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Published December 9, 1997
Arbitrator J.H. Jordan has ruled in a dispute between the MLB Umpires Association (MLBUA) and the AL and NL over the length of time between innings, according to Bob Raissman of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Last summer, the two leagues filed a grievance stating that umpires had "refused to enforce" the 2:25 commercial break between innings during nationally televised games on Fox and ESPN, and started games before the commercial break had ended. In a ruling favoring the leagues, Jordan said there is a "well- established past practice" that umpires monitor the time between innings to comply with league directives. Jordan also "instructed the league and union to meet and resolve" the issue of any possible financial damages caused by the actions during the '97 season (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/7). MLBUA Exec Dir Richie Phillips "did not immediately" return a call from the AP seeking comment (PHILA. INQUIRER, 12/9).