Choose best cheap Mark Belanger Baltimore Orioles jersey online, womens youth youth Mark Belanger gear sale, buy Mark Belanger jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
This is an excerpt of Don’t Be Afraid to Win by Jim Quinn © 2019, published by Radius Book Group. Copies can be purchased here.
The dispute over the baseball players’ rightful share of TV revenue had a long and complicated history. From the very first TV deal, a group of veteran players had successfully earmarked a sliver of the World Series television proceeds for a modest pension plan. But no consensus had ever been reached as to what rights were owned by whom or how those revenues should be divided. This became a major bone of contention when Miller came to the union in 1966, but the owners simply refused to negotiate, claiming that it was not a proper subject of collective bargaining. The issue came to a head in the wake of the bitter 1981 strike.
Before long, the MLBPA hired us to organize a lawsuit, and over the next few months, we had extensive discussions with Miller, Dick Moss, and Don Fehr as they filled us in on the unique history of television in baseball. We were all ready to go, but there seemed to be some reluctance, particularly on the part of Miller (who was about to retire), to pull the trigger.
Before filing suit, Miller wanted to send a letter to the Lords of Baseball setting forth our position. Fehr and I thought we should sue first and bargain later, but Miller thought that the labor laws required otherwise. His was not an easy mind to change; he sent the letter, and it backfired immediately. The baseball owners jumped the gun and sued the MLBPA in federal court in Chicago. It came to be known as the Baltimore Orioles case, simply because they were the first team name on the pleadings. We fired back with our own lawsuit in New York federal court on behalf of three players, all of whom were prominent members of the MLBPA leadership: Steve Rogers, a five-time All-Star pitcher for the Montreal Expos; Bob Boone, a four-time All-Star as a Phillie who then played for the California Angels; and Steve Renko, a solid starting pitcher also with the Angels.
‘Don’t Be Afraid to Win’ by Jim Quinn © 2019
‘Don’t Be Afraid to Win’ by Jim Quinn © 2019
Now we had dueling cases and a pair of less-than-ideal judges. In Chicago, we had Charles Kocoras, newly appointed and no genius. He was like a numbskull fan who instinctively sides with owners because he thinks players make too much money. In the New York case, we drew Judge Irving Ben Cooper, who had been the baseball union’s nemesis in the Flood case 10 years earlier. Cooper had particular contempt for Miller, so we chose what we thought was the lesser of two evils and picked Chicago.
[More Sports] MLB’s plan to destroy the minor leagues sells baseball’s soul for pennies on the dollar »
The owners hired Lou Hoynes, by then a senior partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, to lead their team. Willkie was baseball’s traditional law firm, and Bowie Kuhn had been a Willkie partner before becoming MLB commissioner in 1969. Hoynes had argued the Flood case at the Supreme Court. Hoynes was assisted by a young partner named Bob Kheel, who was the son of Ted Kheel, a nationally known labor lawyer. My team consisted of Irwin Warren and Jeff Klein, the young lawyer who had gotten his feet wet in the NASL case. Because publicity rights under the law are a form of intellectual property, I also drafted my partner Bruce Rich, an intellectual property expert, to weigh in on those issues.
The baseball owners had two principal arguments. First, they said whatever publicity rights the players might have were trumped by copyright law, and they owned the copyrights to all baseball games, so that was that. Second, by failing to sue over the past 35 years, the players had long ago waived any rights to television revenues. Our response was that live performances could not be copyrighted and that we had always reserved our rights on television going back to 1947. It was the litigator’s version of “Play ball!”
The owners’ first big move was to test our financial resources by forcing us to do tons of depositions—the same trick the NBA had tried in the Robertson case. Also, the more players they got to interview, the more likely one would say what they wanted him to say, which is that players were well aware they were being televised and had never raised an issue about it. The truth was the players had maintained for decades—both orally and in writing—that they were not waiving their right to a fair share of television revenues.
Bob Kheel took many of the depositions. Most of the players had been heavily involved in union business as officers or team player representatives. They were among the smartest and most accomplished players in the league, and many of them went on to distinguished postplaying careers as managers, coaches, and broadcasters. In addition to our plaintiffs (Rogers, Boone, and Renko), we also included Don Baylor (manager and coach), Tommy John (of elbow surgery fame and a broadcaster), Jerry Reuss (coach and broadcaster), Mark Belanger (MLBPA executive until his untimely death in 1989), Phil Garner (manager of several clubs), Pete Rose (manager and player still not in the Hall of Fame), Tom Seaver (broadcaster and Hall of Fame player), Dave Winfield (broadcaster and Hall of Fame player), and Reggie Jackson (a.k.a. Hall of Fame player “Mr. October”).
Apart from a few memorable moments, the player depositions were uneventful. Pete Rose, despite his faults in the eyes of the Lords of Baseball, turned out to be a Hall of Fame witness, respectful of the process and staunchly supportive of the players’ right to a share of television revenue. Reggie Jackson was the opposite; he pulled a Wilt Chamberlain and gave Jeff Klein a very tough time when he went down to Miami Beach to prep him. Jackson, a world-class pain in the ass, insisted that Klein put on a bathing suit and join him in the pool at his hotel. For all that, Reggie was a lousy witness, arrogant, forgetful, and dismissive of the entire process.
[More Sports] What should the Mets do at catcher? »
These players knew they were sticking their necks out. More than any other sport, baseball owners had a history of punishing the players who dared to speak out, Curt Flood being a prime example. Flood was essentially banished from baseball after his unsuccessful free agency battle.
(l-r) Former MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr, first executive director of the MLBPA Marvin Miller and Richard Moss on behalf of the players’ association sought to sue baseball owners over rightful share of television revenue.
(l-r) Former MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr, first executive director of the MLBPA Marvin Miller and Richard Moss on behalf of the players’ association sought to sue baseball owners over rightful share of television revenue. (Peter Morgan/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The owners also took depositions from a bunch of agents, including superagents Jerry Kapstein and Ron Shapiro, for no particular reason other than to harass our side.
Dick Moss, the MLBPA’s former general counsel who left the union to become one of the leading baseball agents, gave a lengthy deposition. As an agent, he represented such superstars as Nolan Ryan and Fernando Valenzuela. A little rounder and a little balder than when I first met him nearly a decade earlier, Moss still had the same wisecracking intelligence that had made him an effective second-in-command in building the MLBPA. He testified effectively and at length as to the long and tortured history of television revenue negotiations and its funding of the players’ pension plan.
It was during this period that I really got to know Marvin Miller on a personal level as Klein and I spent days huddled together in his midtown Manhattan apartment preparing him for his deposition. By then, Miller was retired and less voluble, but he hadn’t lost one iota of his commitment to the cause. He had a biting sense of humor and a gift for storytelling and was able to recall conversations word for word from 15 years earlier. He did not suffer fools lightly, as he made clear when he regaled us with tales of his often fruitless dealings with baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn and his labor henchmen, John Gaherin and Ray Grebey. A true believer in both the union movement and his players, he also recognized the irony of a Brooklyn-born, one-armed Jewish atheist having achieved fame, if not fortune, as the head of what was by then considered the most powerful union in sports. If you want to know why baseball is alone among the four major leagues in never having a salary cap, the answer begins with Marvin Miller.