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NO WAY, O'S SAY? MLB DELEGATION TO RETURN WITHOUT AGREEMENT
Published January 19, 1999
Orioles Owner Peter Angelos and the MLB delegation that is visiting Cuba "likely will return home today without a final agreement to stage the potentially historic" home-and- home exhibition series, according to Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore SUN. There will be "at least one more meeting" with Cuban officials today before the delegation returns to Baltimore today (Baltimore SUN, 1/19). Among those joining Angelos in Cuba was MLB Exec VP/Operations Sandy Alderson, Orioles LF B.J. Surhoff, MLB counsel Bill Schweitzer, MLBPA rep Tony Bernazard (Baltimore SUN, 1/16). A "major hurdle" in the negotiations "may be the distribution of revenue" generated from the series (Baltimore SUN, 1/18). NOTE: On ESPN.com, Tracy Ringolsby wrote that MLB's "Blue Ribbon [Economic] Committee" assigned by Commissioner Bud Selig "has some major flaws" and is "anything but a bipartisan contingent." Four of the "so-called independent" members have "ownership ties." George Mitchell was a commissioner candidate; Paul Volcker was an ownership appointee to a '90 study panel; Richard Levin was a "close friend" of the late Bart Giamatti; and George Will is on the Board of Dirs for the Orioles & Padres (ESPN.com, 1/18).