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Baseball / Bidding For Free Agents #41090

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 04, 1976
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(Studio) Results noted of baseball players' challenge of owners' monopoly on players' right to change employers.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Until recently, player was owned by team rather than employed by it, to be bought and sold as team wanted; now courts have struck down these practices. Today team owners meet in New York City to bid for 24 free agents, incl. Cincinnati (Ohio) Reds' Don Gullett and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Phillies' Dave Cash. Former baseball star [Hank AARON - notes changes since he signed 1st contract over 20 years ago.] Procedure noted. [Oakland A's owner Charles O. FINLEY - says it's worst thing to happen to baseball.] [Players Association spokesperson Marvin MILLER - says Finley's definition of bad is if it will cost him more money.]
REPORTER: John Martin

Martin, John;
Reasoner, Harry

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