THE DAY BASEBALL DIED: ROUND-UP OF TV COVERAGE
ESPN'S PETER GAMMONS: "If the players association is right
and the whole idea has been to try to bust the union, then this
will be a war that will go right into June or July and the answer
will only be the last man standing. But maybe they will realize
that some of those ideas that have been floating around the last
few days. Maybe they can forget some of their bitterness, and
start to negotiate and can decide that a deal in November is
better than a deal in July. I think there will be some push to
get this over by the end of December" ("SportsCenter," 9/14).
ANDREW ZIMBALIST, author of "Baseball and Billons": "It
looked like the owners were up to some dirty business and that is
the way it turned out. The greatest likelihood is we might see
Double A players and Single A players opening up the season, with
the major league owners trying to induce major league players,
one by one, to cross the picket line and bust the union ("Market
Wrap," CNBC, 9/14). ESPN'S CHARLEY STEINER: "It was like a
long suffering old friend, who you knew was going to die. There
was sadness in the passing, but there was also a sense of relief
as the fat lady has sung on this Kevorkianesque baseball season"
TOMMY LASORDA: "I think this thing will be settled before
spring training is over" ("GMA," ABC, 9/15).
CECIL FIELDER: "The owners were trying to get something from
us, and we weren't going to give it to them, so it was going to
come to this anyway" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/14).
AGENT TOM REICH: "We will have the World Series of legal
confrontations instead, which is sickening. There will be enough
paper flying around here to float to Cuba on. The players are
the strongest union I have ever seen and I don't think they will
cross any lines, but time will tell" ("SportsCenter," ESPN,
MARVIN MILLER, Former Exec. Dir. of MLBPA: "The owners now
have to sell season tickets holders for a non-existent next year,
and they have to sell advertising time to the very people whose
contracts they just broke. This is a salesman's nightmare. It
will surprise no one if some players break the line, but they
aren't going to get a majority and that means they are not going
to get an agreement" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/14).
ESPN's BOB LEY: "Privately, union leaders are concerned
about their rank and file unity in this first baseball nuclear
winter" ("SportsCenter," 9/14).
PAUL BROWN, FINANCIAL WORLD Managing Editor: "I think one
of the pressures that will get this thing settled is pressures
from the bank, from television, from the stadium. In a funny
way, this situation may actually help a team in trouble. Their
value may go up. ("SportsCenter," 9/14).
BRANDON STEINER, of Steiner Sports Marketing: "The player's
money is still coming in. The companies that these guys signed
with are the losers" ("SportsCenter," 9/14).
BOB COSTAS: "The owners have done a terrible job making
their case to the public and the press, but the owners can always
tap into a certain reservoir of sympathy" ("Charlie Rose Show,"
CNN'S MARK MORGAN: "It is safe to say that when baseball
does return, it will be vastly different than when it was last
played" ("SportsTonight," 9/14).