Congress could settle the baseball strike with legislation if
players and owners don't resolve it soon, the chairman of the
Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday.
The chairman, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has pressed for a review of
the owners' antitrust exemption. Hatch said during an interview
that he wanted a settlement soon. President Bill Clinton has set a
deadline of next Monday for progress in the talks and said he would
ask mediator W.J. Usery to recommend a solution if negotiators fail
to come up with one.
"I had felt it would take until the summer and we would have to
lose some games for Congress to get involved," Hatch said. "With
the president's help, we could do it very quickly."
Three years ago, President George Bush asked Congress to pass a
law to end a railroad strike, and the House and Senate complied.
Management negotiator Chuck O'Connor said he fears lawmakers may
end the baseball dispute in a similar manner.
Meanwhile, the executive board of the players' union made
extend the freeze on signing major-league contracts that began
Dec. 23 when owners imposed their salary cap system. Some of the 38
restricted free agents have tentative deals, including moves by
Marquis Grissom and Ken Hill to Florida, but they could fall apart
because of the ban.
advise all players on expanded 40-man rosters not to report to
ask minor leaguers who attend spring camp not play in
major-league exhibition games.
In addition, union head Donald Fehr emphasized that licensing
money for managers, coaches and trainers - about $75,000 each -
would not be withheld from them if they worked with replacements.
Super Bowl Ratings Have An Off Year
The San Francisco 49ers' rout of the San Diego Chargers drew
one of the smallest television audiences in Super Bowl history,
The 49ers' 49-26 victory Sunday, carried by ABC, registered a
national rating of 41.3 and a 63 share, according to figures from
A.C. Neilsen Media Research. Of the 29 Super Bowls, only seven have
drawn lower numbers.
Each ratings point represents 954,000 television households.
Ratings measure the percentage of those households tuned to a
particular program, while shares measure the percentage of TV sets
in use that are watching a show.
Jack Pardee re-entered pro football as coach of the new
Canadian Football League team in Birmingham, Ala. Pardee, with 10
1/2 seasons as a head coach in the National Football League,
admitted he wasn't an expert on the Canadian game. But his
experience with the run-and-shoot offense should help in the
pass-happy CFL. …