Jewish World Review Nov. 3, 2003 / 8 Mar-Cheshvan 5764

Evan Weiner

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Baseball is an industry with serious problems | No matter how many times baseball commissioner Bud Selig talks about a so-called Major League Baseball renaissance, there is always a reminder that baseball is an industry with problems.

The World Series was done a little more than a week ago, but Selig and his fellow owners could be facing a union grievance if the owners decide to scale back offers to average players during this winter's player signing period.

The Players Association is concerned about that the owners may again be colluding to keep salaries down. The owners, and Bud Selig was the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers at the time, were found guilty of collusion in the 1980s and were forced to pay some $280 million in damages to the players.

The free agent season starts later this week and the players association will be watching very closely to see what kind of offers players get and looking for signs that the owners are colluding.

The renaissance of baseball may be be put on hold if a nasty battle between the owners and players erupts this off season.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.


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© 2003, Evan Weiner