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Page 14-Tuesday, Jne 9,0 1981-:-TheMichigi Daily
Baseball talks remain stalled as
both await injunction decision

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NEW YORK (AP) - Two hours of
negotiations in baseball's continuing
labor crisis brought no progress
yesterday as both sides awaited a
decision by federal Judge Henry
Werker on a National Labor Relations
Board request for an injunction against.
the major leagues.
Werker conducted' two days of'
hearings on the matter in Rochester,
N.Y., last week and his decision is ex-
pected later this week.
STILL ON the negotiating table is a
proposal by the Players Association
which would create a pool of players to
supply compensation for teams losing
quality free agents in the re-entry draft.
Marvin Miller, executive director of
the union, said management had not in-
dicated any inclination toward accep-
ting the offer.
"If they've changed their minds, it
was not noticeable in terms of the
comments we got," said Miller. "We
indicated Saturday that we had
reasonable flexibility on a whole raft of
points and we're certainly open to
suggestions, counter-proposals or
whatever. They made none."
MILLER SAID most of the time
yesterday was spent with the two
negotiating teams meeting amongst
themselves.
"We spent perhaps 15 or 20 minutes,
at most, together," the union chief said.
Ray Grebey, director of
management's Player Relations Com-
mittee, said no progress had been made
yesterday and refused further com-
ment..
Another meeting was tentatively
scheduled for 3 p.m. today. The timing
depends on whether Werker's decision
is announced earlier in the day. Miller
said he would want to consult with the
player representatives after that
decision.
If Werker issues the injunction, it
would rescind for one year
management's compensation program
and delay any possible strike by the
players. If the judge withholds the in-
junction, the players have said they
would go on strike within 48 hours of
that decision.

Nets obtain Birdsong
By The Associated Press
The New Jersey Nets obtained guard
Otis Birdsong, the National Basketball
Association's sixth-leading scorer last
season at 24.6 points per game, from the
Kansas City Kings yesterday in ex-
change for forward Cliff Robinson.
The deal, which came after Kansas
City matched the free agent "offer
sheet" Birdsong had signed with
Cleveland, was reported by the New
York Post and confirmed by Nets
General Manager Bob MacKinnon to
The Associated Press.
BIRDSONG, WHO became a free
agent this summer, agreed to a five-
year contract with Cleveland calling for
a base salary escalating from $800,000
to $925,000 per year. The contract also
contains an attendance bonus clause by
which he will receive 50 cents for every
ticket sold beyond 5,000 per game.
Under the NBA's right of first refusal
system, the Kings had 15 days in which
to match Cleveland's offer or else lose
Birdsong without compensation.
Rather than be left with nothing, the
Kings matched the offer and then dealt
him to the Nets.
As part of the deal, the Nets will also
receive a second-round choice in
today's college draft from the kings.
English'status unsure
DENVER (AP) - - The Denver
Nuggets announced yesterday that a
National Basketball Association ar-
bitrator has delayed ruling on a repor-
ted $3.5 million offer for free agent
forward Alex English by the Seattle
SuperSonics.
The arbitrator ruled that English and
the Super Sonics should have had their
offer evaluated by an arbitrator before
they submitted it to the Nuggets, the
Denver club reported.
THE NUGGETS were to have made a
decision by June 15 on whether to try to
match the offer and keep English, mat-
ch the offer and trade him to another
team, or let him go to Seattle with no
compensation.

English came to the Nuggets last
season.
The Nuggets said that the arbitrator
did not expect to evaluate Seattle's of-
fer and issue a decision on it until June
17 at the earliest. The Nuggets will have
18 days after the evaluation is complete
to decide what to do with English.
The SuperSonics reportedly have of-
fered English a five-year contract at
$700,000 a year.
'E' back to Houston
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston
Rockets traded two draft choices to
reacquire 12-time National Basketball
Association All-Star Center Elvin
Hayes from the Washington Bullets,

team officials announced last night.
HOUSTON GAVE away its second
round choice in today's NBA draft and
its second round choice in 1983 to get
back the former University of Houston
star the Rockets sent to Washington in
1972 in exchange for Jack Marin, said
team spokesman Jim Foley.
Hayes, 35, is the sixth all-time leading
scorer in the NBA with a career total of
24,547 points and is third in career
rebounds with 14,656.
The 13-year NBA veteran, who began
his career with San Diego and spent one
season in Houston when the franchise
moved to Texas, averaged 17.8 points a
game last season - the worst average
of his career.

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