Bill Veeck interviews MLB Owners' Negotiator Ray Grebey about the recent financial troubles in franchise ownership. The tape opens to a shot of Ted Turner getting into his car at TBS headquarters in Atlanta (b-roll from an interview on a previous tape) then moves to the interview, which takes place in Florida. Raw footage for A View From The Bleachers With Bill Veeck.
00:00Copy video clip URL Color bars with narration about the Turner interview and the city of Atlanta by the videomakers.
00:38Copy video clip URL Outside Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta. Views of TBS sign and Turner getting in his car and driving away.
02:55Copy video clip URL Veeck interviews Ray Grebey, who discusses the three forces that have caused the economic challenges in baseball. The first was tax reform, which depreciated the clubs, the second was spiraling inflation, and the third was the clause negotiated in 1976 which escalated the salary increases in baseball with the introduction of free agency and arbitration.
08:45Copy video clip URL Grebey claims that the strike / threatened strike did not have any impact on salaries in baseball. He says that he wishes the strike had been avoided, but probably could not have been avoided.
14:12Copy video clip URL In order to be more financially feasible, he outlines a few possible outcomes such as: elimination of franchises, redistribution of fund distributions, expanded markets, or finding new sources of funds through television.
15:42Copy video clip URL End of tape.