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