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ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT BASEBALL STRIKE

Questions and answers about the cancellation of the rest of the baseball season:

Q: Why was the decision made Wednesday?A: Acting commissioner Bud Selig determined there was no time left to resume the regular season and play a "meaningful" amount of games before the season's scheduled end on Oct. 2.

Q: Why not proceed directly to the postseason?

A: Selig said that course of action would "be a farce."

Q: What did the players' association say?

A: The association said that it was Selig's decison to make.

Q: When will negotiations resume?

A: It's unclear. Union head Donald Fehr expects to be traveling next week for regional player meetings and for a Sept. 22 congressional hearing.

Q: Will it be harder to reach a deal now?

A: The players, who lost 28.4 percent of their 1994 salaries, won't feel further financial impact until April, when paychecks would resume if the season began normally.

Q: What pressure will each side feel in the next few months to end the labor dispute?

A: The players, especially free agents, will be uncertain about where they will play next season, and all but the approximately 180 players who already are signed for 1995 will wonder about their incomes once play resumes. Owners, with no revenue, will have difficulty selling season tickets.

Q: What happens to the Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres, who all are up for sale?

A: It will be very difficult to sell a team until a new collective bargaining agreement is signed.

Q: What about teams like the Baltimore Orioles, who owe banks a large amount of money?

A: At some point, barring an agreement, banks will have to either renegotiate the loans or repossess the teams.

Q: What will happen to team employees?

A: Many of them will be laid off.

Q: What options do players have?

A: Agent Dick Moss is trying to set up an 8- to 12-team league for next season, and some of them may be able to play there. Likely sites are Buffalo, N.Y.; New Orleans; and St. Petersburg, Fla. In addition, a new league would try to get the right to play in municipally owned ballparks where major league teams are merely tenants.

Q: What options do owners have?

A: They are expected to declare an impasse in the negotiations at some point this autumn and unilaterally implement a salary cap. They then might try to open camps next spring and accept any players who show up.

Q: How much did players lose this year because of the strike?

A: About $230 million, which is 52 days' pay from a 183-day season.

Q: How much did owners lose?

A: About $580 million in total, an average of $8.5 million a day for the final 52 days of the season and about $140 million in projected postseason broadcast revenue. However, they saved about $230 million in salaries they didn't have to pay.