Play Ball -- or Picket?


If you've taken a look at the sports pages recently, you've probably noticed plenty of talk about a possible strike later this summer by Major League Baseball players -- or a lock out by team owners.

The primary issues are demands by the owners for changes that would help them control expenses -- which in turn could affect player compensation. That battle pits some of the world's richest individuals -- the owners -- against some of the world's richest athletes -- the players (see BW Online, 7/17/02, "One More Strike -- and They're Out").

What's your view of this unfolding spectacle? That's the subject of this BusinessWeek Online survey -- which, as always, isn't scientific, since anyone who wishes to can participate.

Do you watch baseball?

Regularly

Never

Sometimes

Both sides have complaints about the other. At this point, which side do you agree with most?

The owners

The players

Neither

No opinion

Do you think the players' pay is:

Too low

Too high

About right

Don't know

To help reach an equitable agreement, would you favor requiring baseball teams to make public independently audited financial statements?

Yes

No

Don't know

If there is a strike, who would you be most likely to blame?

The owners

The players

Both

Neither

Do you think there will be a stoppage, because of either a strike or a lockout?

Yes

No

Don't know

If there is a strike, what do you think the effect on the game would be?

It would be damaged permanently, perhaps beyond repair

It would be damaged temporarily, but would bounce back within a couple of years

Don't know

Don't care


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