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Fehr optimistic about labor talks as deadline looms

Updated: February 9, 2006, 11:45 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Don Fehr admits that the history of baseball's labor negotiations has not been very good: Eight strikes or lockouts since 1972 and talks that went down to the final hours four years ago.

But with the current labor deal expiring on Dec. 19, Fehr does see reasons why negotiations could be different this time around.

"What I can say is that the overall atmosphere of the sport is such that there are a lot of reasons that people on the outside should be optimistic ...

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