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Douglas Leslie, baseball's new labor lawyer made his debut Friday, making a humorous attempt to persuade the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift its injunction against owners.

Leslie said the injunction unfairly hampered the owners in collective bargaining."We resort to a metaphor," he said. "Two prizefighters are contending for a championship. The referee approaches the fighters in the middle of the ring and tells one of them: `You have an especially effective left jab. It is so effective that in order to make the fight more congenial to the fans, I have decided that you must strap your left arm to your side during the bout.'

"Neither fighter in this example is prevented from fighting," he said, "but most observers would conclude that the referee has acted improperly."