BASEBALL'S OWNERS, UMPS NO CLOSER TO SETTLEMENT
With managament and MLB's locked out umpires "no closer to
an agreement Thursday than they were five days ago," MLBUA
General Counsel Richie Phillips said that both sides will "review
the entire dispute and discuss philosophies today." The two
sides exchanged new proposals on Wednesday (Hal Bodley, USA
TODAY, 4/21). In Washington, Thomas Boswell writes, "While the
owners look Neanderthal for subjecting their product to further
ridicule at such a tender time, the umpires look even denser."
Boswell writes that umpires "don't deserve" the raise they are
seeking -- "Not because they're umpires. But because, as a
group, they're not good enough umpires" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/21).
REVENUE PROJECTIONS: Red Sox CEO John Harrington said the
28 MLB teams are projecting between $1.3-1.4B in revenues this
year, down from the $1.8B the clubs were projecting for a full
'94 season. Harrington predicts players will earn $900M in
salaries, down from about $1B for a full '94 (Mark Maske,
WASHINGTON POST, 4/21).