NEW YORK — Baseball labor talks resumed the day after players set an Aug. 30 strike deadline, but negotiators did not address the major economic differences that could result in the sport's ninth work stoppage since 1972.
Representatives of owners and the Major League Baseball Players Assn. met for about three hours at the commissioner's office, discussing ancillary matters in an attempt to re-establish dialogue with the sides at opposite extremes on the issues of a payroll tax and revenue sharing. The groups will take today off and reconvene Monday, a management spokesman said.
Talks are stalled on the tax owners deem necessary to restrain player salaries. The union has agreed to the concept of a tax, but has proposed a much higher tax threshold and lower tax rate than owners will accept.
Meanwhile, Texas Ranger owner Tom Hicks, who gave shortstop Alex Rodriguez a record 10-year, $252-million contract, preached the need for fiscal responsibility.