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Volume 24 No. 159

Leagues Governing Bodies

     MLB returns tonight with the Marlins-Dodgers, to be carried
nationally on ESPN.  Capacity at Joe Robbie Stadium is 46,238,
"but how many show up to welcome the major leaguers may be an
issue that overshadows the game," according to Larry Whiteside in
this morning's BOSTON GLOBE.  Marlins Manager Rene Lachemann:
"We have to go after the young fans.  And with a lot more than
signing autographs.  The fans we lost we may never get back.  So
we have to go out after some new ones" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/25).
     WHAT IT TAKES:  In San Francisco, Tim Keown quotes an
unnamed baseball exec saying that MLB won't realize its market
potential "until they understand they are an industry and not 28
separate, warring city-states. ... How can Dave Stewart not be a
major spokesman for the game of baseball?  It's amazing how
simple it is, but there's such a major rift between labor and
management that it may never happen" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE,
4/25).
     TIME TO THROW OUT THE FIRST POLL:  The CNN/USA TODAY/ Gallup
Poll surveyed 427 baseball fans from April 17-19; margin of error
+/- 5% (USA TODAY, 4/25).  "Moneyline's" Lou Dobbs on the
results:  "Many fans have had it" (CNN, 4/24).
ARE YOU A FAN OF         (OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED AT LEAST ONE
     PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL?   GAME LAST YEAR):  DO YOU PLAN TO
            NOW   FEB 26      ATTEND ANY MLB GAMES THIS YEAR?
     Yes    41%     49%
     No     59      51        Yes  61%   No  34%   Don't know  5%
WILL YOU WATCH MORE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ON TELEVISION THIS
SEASON, AS MUCH OR LESS?
     Less   48%     As much  43%    More  7%   No opinion  2%
     SIGNS, SIGNS ... EVERYWHERE SIGNS:  The Cardinals drew
26,033 for an exhibition game against the Mariners with the
team's promotion "built around" Ken Griffey Jr.  The team's
season-ticket holders were admitted free with everyone else
paying $2.50 (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/25)....In Atlanta,
the Braves drew less than 8,000 for a game against the Yankees.
Temps were in the 40s.  Paid attendance was announced at 25,309
due to the game's inclusion in season-ticket packages (ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION, 4/25)....An "unheard-of" 7,500 tickets remain for
the Blue Jays' home opener.  Thus far, the Jays do not have one
sell-out for any of their first 15 games (TORONTO SUN,
4/25)....David Letterman:  "In an effort to bring a lot of people
out to Shea Stadium this year, earlier today the Mets held a
press conference and announced that all Mets 1995 games would be
played on the road" ("Late Night," CBS, 4/24).

     The Indy Racing League announced dates for four of its races
during its inaugural '96 season:  The Indy 200 at Walt Disney
World's planned 1.1 mile oval on January 27;  Phoenix 200 at
Phoenix Int'l Raceway on March 24;  Indianapolis 500 on its
traditional Memorial Day date, May 26; and the Las Vegas 200
September 15.  Two more IRL dates may come at a later date.  ABC
will broadcast each race (IRL).
     WARRING LEAGUES?  In Boston, Michael Vega examines the
problems that may develop between IndyCar and the IRL.  Many
IndyCar drivers are concerned that non-sanctioning by the IRL
could keep them out of the Indy 500.  IndyCar CEO Andrew Craig
said the issue is power:  "We've come down to one issue, and
that's that the [Indianapolis Motor] Speedway wants to either
have the power to run the series or at least to have most of the
power in running the series."  Car owner Derrick Walker is afraid
the conflict could be "divisive to the sport":  "I think we'll
all lose. ... My sponsors want to go to the Indy 500 and I'm sure
the Indy 500 wants our team and wants our sponsors.  So I think
if the IRL is going to evolve, it has to recognize there are
other interests for these teams and the rules should be open
enough to allow a team to go to the Indy 500 even if it doesn't
go to the whole series" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/23).

     The American and National Leagues released the details of
their latest offer to locked-out umpires, which the umps
rejected.  The SALARY range would increase from $60,000-175,000
to $70,000-215,000.  POST-SEASON PAY:  Umpires who work the
division series would receive $7,500, LCS $10,000, and World
Series $12,500.  In addition, all umpires would receive $20,000
from the post-season pool.  SEVERANCE PAY would increase to
$335,000; DISABILITY PAY would increase from a max of
$5,000/month to $6,500; and PER DIEM ALLOWANCE would go from
$206.50 to $215.  NL President Leonard Coleman:  "Every umpire
has had between a $16,000 and $20,000 raise, incrementally, over
the last four years.  No one expects them to go without one for
the next four years."  AL President Gene Budig:  "Our offer
exceeds the percentage increases that the country's top
management consultants have projected for senior executive
compensation" (AL/NL).
     NO DEAL:  The umpires rejected the offer, "making it likely
replacements will be working the delayed season opener" in
Florida tonight.  MLBUA General Counsel Richie Phillips claims
the owners' proposal doesn't address the fact that only one
umpire would be eligible to make $215,000, that the number of
post-season games has been doubled, and the rising costs of
living on the road (Ronald Blum, AP/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM,
4/25).
     SEE YOU IN TORONTO:  The Ontario Labor Relations Board has
scheduled a hearing for tomorrow morning on the MLBUA's claim
that replacements are barred under provincial labor law.  The
leagues argue that cancelling Jays games during the lock-out
"could trigger wild protests, injury and property damage" (Tony
van Alphen, TORONTO STAR, 4/25).