>A lockout would be worse than 1981....
I agree. The worst part about it would be the myriad mediot morons who would
insist on calling it a "strike", and blaming the players and the Players'
>This labor-management strife (that will be upcoming) is getting
>sickening...every three years just like clockwork.
Actually, if you look closely, what happens is that every three years the
current agreement expires, and the players insist on making baseball a little
bit more like every other industry has been for the past 50 years. The
owners, who preferred it when they could tell their "boys" which field to
pick cotton in, naturally resist.
>It seems as if there is a better chance of Yassir Arafat
>getting B'nai Brith Man of the Year than for owners and players
>to stop bickering with themselves and each other.
I haven't seen much evidence of "bickering" within the ranks of the players,
or even between players and owners. All of the bickering happens among the
owners, in trying to figure out how to keep a little bit of 1902 alive into
the 21st century.
>PS: Down with the anti-trust exemption!
Ah, yes, the mythical A.T.E. There isn't one, you know. Not legislatively
speaking, anyway. The so-called "antitrust exemption" is really nothing more
complicated than three consecutive legally indefensible Supreme Court rulings.
The first, in 1922, claimed that Major League Baseball did not constitute
interstate trade; nobody (not even the Court) believes this any more. The
second and third both held essentially that, while baseball is in fact bound
by antitrust laws in principle (the way pro football and basketball have been
bound in fact for years), nevertheless it would be too disruptive to too many
people (read: the owners) to actually enforce the law, so we won't.
I'm currently in the middle of reading Marvin Miller's new book, "A Whole
Different Ballgame". Fascinating stuff. You Bowie Kuhn-haters out there
*must* read this; it'll make your whole year. ("Bowie's second intention
was to pick my brains. There was scant possibility of reciprocity in that
>"One likes to believe in the freedom of baseball" - Geddy Lee
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