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The following is the owners’ announcement that the remainder of the 1994 season would be canceled, and their publicly-stated perception regarding the reasons for the cancellation.

“Whereas the 28 Major League Baseball Clubs (“the Clubs”) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (“the MLBPA”) have been engaged in collective bargaining over an extended period; and

Whereas, the MLBPA has consistently been unwilling to respond in any meaningful way to the Clubs’ need to contain costs and has consistently refused to bargain with the Clubs concerning a division of industry revenues with the players or any other method of establishing aggregate player compensation; and

Whereas, the MLBPA’s 33-day strike has caused the cancellation of all games since August 12, 1994, and has made it impossible for the players to resume play at a championship level without a substantial training period.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that:

In order to protect the integrity of the Championship Season, the Division Series, the League Championship Series and the World Series, the 28 clubs have concluded with enormous regret that the remainder of the 1994 season, the Division Series, the League Championship and the World Series must be cancelled and the Clubs will explore all avenues to achieve a meaningful, structural reform of Baseball’s player compensation system in an effort to ensure that the 1995 and future Championship Seasons can occur as scheduled and uninterrupted.”[1]

[1] “It’s Official. It’s Over.” New York Times, September 15, 1994: B14.

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