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Page 14-Wednesday, May 26, 1982-The Michigan Daily
NFL settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chief negotiator for the
players union in their contract talks with the National
Football League listed the odds at "4-to-i against"
yesterday of reaching a contract settlement before
the termination of the current agreement on July 15.
"The odds are 4-to-1 against a settlement before
July 15," said Ed Garvey, executive director of the
National Football League Players Association.
GARVEY'S assessment, coming seven weeks
before the current pact expires, was echoed by Jim
Miller, spokesman for the owners' bargaining agents,
the NFL Management Council.
"I think Garvey is probably right. We the
management council think a settlement is highly
anlikely before July," Miller said.
The union, which represents the league's 1,500
players, has been locked in contract talks with the
NFL for over a year. Although the major stumbling
block remains the players' demand for a fixed per-
centage of each team's gross profits, other issues in-
cluding free agency, increased benefits, security and
medical examinations are unresolved.
"THE OWNERS continue to stall on making a
definite proposal. Each bargaining sessaion is the
same," Garvey said. "We give them a proposal and
they tell us to rework it and give them an alternative.
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We give them an alternative and they tell us to revise
it again."
Miller defended the owners stance during the talks.
"It is difficult to make a proper offer until you know
what the union really wants. If you make a proposal
in one area and that is not there major thrust you can
never get that money back once it is on the table,"
Miller said.
MILLER ADDED that the Management Council
will make a definite offer before the current contract
"The union will get our proposal before the July 15
deadline," he said.
The two sides are scheduled to meet again on June
7 in Washington. No agenda has been set for the

GARVEY IS meeting in Washington this week with
union representatives from the league's 26 teams.
Three days of talks are being conducted at the
George H. Meany Center for Labor Studies, a quiet
47-acre estate in suburban Maryland.
"We wanted to get the representatives away from
the pressure of the owners and the media before the
crunch comes," Garvey said.
"MOST OF THE player reps have never been in-
volved in a strike before and we want them to know
what is coming," Garvey said.
Reminded that 21 representatives in the 1974 player
strike were either cut or traded by the team they
represented during the strike, Garvey said:
"Most of these players realize they will probably
lose their jobs. I would only hope the owners have
progressed past the attitudes that led to the dismissal
of so many player reps in 1974," Garvey concluded.
The player representatives will hold a news con-
ference today to announce their opposition to a bill in-
troduced last week in Congress to exempt the league
from antitrust laws and to overturn the Oakland
Raiders antitrust verdict.
The bill, introduced by California congressmen
Fortney H. Stark and Don Edwards, would allow pro
football to enjoy the same antitrust exemption
currently enjoyed by baseball.

ore right fielder Dan Ford reaches out to pick up the ball after knocking it down in the second inning of yester-
Texas-Baltimore game in Arlington. The ball was hit by the Rangers' Leon Roberts. Ford held Roberts to a single.

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American League
California 10, Boston 2
New York 8, Toronto 0
Cleveland 7, Minnesotal0
Baltiaore 10, Tea3
National League
Cincinnati 4, Philadelphia 3
Atlanta 10, New York 2
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