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Page 12- The Michigan Daily - Saturday, August 3, 1985
Ueberroth's plan will prevent strike".. .
NEW YORK (UPI) .- Com- eloquent case againt interrupting the Ueberroth would add another triumph he is a very persuasive individual," accomplish in his current role? How
missioner Peter Ueberroth rode his season. to his public career with no great risk Phillips said. "He's very bright. He's far he might proceed ifa strike draws
white horse into the baseball "There is no substitute for to his reputation. taken a long look at this whole thing." ever closer?
negotiations Thursday, bringing a baseball," Ueberroth said. 'It starts "I think he's the only hope of the By doing nothing, Ueberroth would Whatever happens between now
history of success that raised hopes a with your life the first thing in the thing becoming resolved," said have become a loser, resurrecting and Tuesday, Ueberroth has given
settlement will be reached before morning. People in hospitals can't Richie Phillips, head of the major memory of former commissioner negotiators every opportunity to try
Tuesday's strike deadline. wait for the games to come one. It league umpires' union. "Both sides Bowie Kuhn and his inability to solve harder, and has done so with no risk to
Ueberroth, who staged the Los eases their pain." seem very deeply entrenched and the 50-day walkout in 1981. It was that his reputation.
Angejes Olympics when few people The news conference, called with neither side seems willing to move." failure that ledto Kuhn's ouster.
believed he could, announced talks stalled and time dwindling Ueberroth helped end a brief um- Instead, Ueberroth avoided that 4
proposals designed to draw major before the strike deadline, drew pires' strike during last fall's playof- image. With people wondering when
league players and owners further charges of a grand-stand play. fs, ruling in favor of the umpires in and if he would intervene, the former
from baseball's second strike in five Ueberroth's public relations instincts their dispute with the owners. LAOOC head tried to create some
years. showed clearly. "I THINK the commissioner could grounds for bringing the parties
IN A 22-MINUTE speech at a mid- NEVERTHELESS, should he suc- be effective because he could bring together as early as yesterday.
town hotel, Ueberroth also offered an ceed in bringing agreement, some new proposals to the table and IF NOTHING else, his gambit
perhaps will lead owners' negotiator
Lee MacPhail and union head Don
Fehr to reach an agreement on their
own.
"I think it's better if you can work
The Best Value in Town is the things out between the two partiea,"
HacPhail said. "If you can't, then
that's something else. I was hopeful
we could. I agree we had been having
trouble."
Ueberroth said he did not plan to
come to the bargaining table. Having
entered the talks, however, he invites Ueberroth
certain questions: How much can he ... baseball's hope
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NEW YORK (UPI) - Lee Mac-
Phail, chief negotiator for baseball
owners, sternly rejected yesterday
two proposals by Commissioner Peter
Ueberroth aimed at heading off the
second major league players strike in
four years.
The owner's refusal to consider
Ueberroth's suggestions came as both
sides remained deadlocked with no
further negotiations scheduled and
the strike deadline just three days
away.
"I MUST express sharp
disagreement with two of the
suggestions made at Thursday's press
conference," MacPhail said in a six-
paragraph statement.
MacPhail then criticized the com-
missioner's proposal to put $45 million
in television revenues in escrow until
a settlement could be reached on the
pension issue, and he said Ueberroth
had "misstated" club owners'
position onfinancial losses.
"With respect to the proposal to
escrow a portion of the Club national
television revenues, this money, less
any amounts (if any) which may be
directly negotiated with the Players
Association...belongs solely to the
Clubs," MacPhail said.

"ALTHOUGH IT has not been
received as yet, it has already been
committed for Club operating expen-
ses - primarily for Major League
player salaries."
MacPhail said he "appreciates his
(Ueberroth's) desire to do everything
possible to preventa baseball strike."
In his press conference Thursday,
the commissioner also scolded owners
for blaming their financial losses on
high player salaries.
"We are not asking the players to
solve Club economic problems,"
MacPhail said. "We are simply
asking them to join with us in con-
structing a proper system to control
costs and share revenues on an
equitable basis. Effective action may
only be taken by joint agreement with
the players.
"It is our responsibility to the clubs,
the game, the public - and the
players to take action now that will
retard the runaway escalation of
player costs."
MacPhail said some of the other
suggestions which Ueberroth did not
make public Thursday, were "more
constructive and hopefully will
provide the basis for discussions with
the Players Association."

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DETROIT (UPI) - Football News
magazine announced yesterday that it
has picked Iowa as its top college
football team and Oklahoma second
for the upcoming season.
Auburn is ranked No. 3 followed by
Nebraska in fourth place and

Southern Methodist in fifth, the
weekly publication said.
RoundingoutthetoptwentyareFlorida
Ohio State, LSU, Illinois, USC,
Maryland, Notre Dame, Florida State
Arkansas, Brigham Young, Penn
State, Georgia, Georgia Tech,
Washington and Tennessee.

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