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    Players deny strike date is set

    Maybe the backlash they they want to avoid is already happening.

    Players Deny Spet 16 Strike Date


    Baseball Union Denies Sept. 16 Strike Date Set
    Mon Jul 22, 5:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Major League Baseball Players Association will distribute a memo to all team representatives on Tuesday denying reports that a September 16 strike date has been set.


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    The memo from union president Donald Fehr, states that the association has yet to even decide "if it is necessary to set a strike date" calling a story in Monday's Los Angeles Times, "an error."

    A report in the Times said, the players union had chosen a September 16 strike date because it wanted to avoid a "public relations nightmare" that would be created by walking out prior to the September 11 anniversary of the attacks on the United States.

    With just two weeks remaining in the regular season it would also mean players would miss just one pay check since they are paid on the 1st and 15th of each month.

    The players' association refused to confirm the date telling television station ESPN that there was no more significance to September 16 as a strike date than any other.

    Representatives for the players and owners are scheduled to meet again this week. But talks aimed at hammering out a new collective bargaining agreement have been described as slow as baseball lurches toward its ninth strike since 1972.

    Without a collective bargaining agreement since last November, the players feel they must take action before the end of the current season or risk having owners unilaterally impose new work rules or lock them out next year.

    While progress has been made in some areas -- such as distribution of national television broadcast revenues -- the two sides remain far apart on the thorny issue of a luxury tax owners want to impose on high-payroll teams.

    The players view this as nothing more than a salary cap.

    The average MLB salary now stands at over $2 million a season.

    With talks about to enter a delicate phase, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has imposed the threat of a $1 million fine on team owners for commenting publicly on negotiations.

    According to USA Today, Selig, who had been encouraging owners to speak out for several weeks, said in a memo that further comments about labor and economic issues might be unproductive as negotiations reach a critical stage.

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    Right. I believe them, the lying, greedy bastards...

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    Originally posted by WindRavenX
    Right. I believe them, the lying, greedy bastards...
    Ya mean the Team Owners right not the players Gen???

    Yankees Are Still the Best in the MLB! Better than ALL the Rest!!!!!

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    Well good this makes sense & shuts down the article on my front porch newspaper!

    This is good news showing the players may shun Selig & there will be no strike after all ....

    (fingers crossed!)
    Yankees Are Still the Best in the MLB! Better than ALL the Rest!!!!!

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    Originally posted by JeanC


    Ya mean the Team Owners right not the players Gen???

    Everyone. The owners are greedy bastards, and the players are greedy, arrogant bastards.

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    Re: Players deny strike date is set

    Originally posted by CalYankeeFan
    Maybe the backlash they they want to avoid is already happening.

    Players Deny Spet 16 Strike Date



    "public relations nightmare"


    With talks about to enter a delicate phase, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has imposed the threat of a $1 million fine on team owners for commenting publicly on negotiations.

    According to USA Today, Selig, who had been encouraging owners to speak out for several weeks, said in a memo that further comments about labor and economic issues might be unproductive as negotiations reach a critical stage.

    Does not matter if the players strike or the owners lock out the players........................................

    Selig is the Public Relations Nightmare

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    I say F UM ALL!!!!!

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    Originally posted by BobbyMurcerFan
    I say F UM ALL!!!!!
    WORD.
    High five,dude.

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