Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Team is trying to end Payne's deal
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers executive vice president Rick Schlesinger expects to lead the organization with two other officials until a replacement for team president Ulice Payne Jr. is hired.
Schlesinger said he would deal with revenue issues, chief
financial officer Robert Quinn would handle financial matters and
general manager Doug Melvin would lead baseball operations.
"It would be logical to assume that, in that interim period,
the three of us would be working together," Schlesinger said
Tuesday. However, "nobody has really come to me yet and had that
Payne and the Brewers board of directors continued negotiations
Tuesday to end his contract. The negotiations began after Payne
went public last week with his objection to plans to cut player
payroll 25 percent to around $30 million.
The announcement angered fans, area business leaders and
legislators. Schlesinger said the Brewers must begin to earn back
that lost credibility.
"We are going to have a number of initiatives and things we are
going to do across the board with our fan base, our season ticket
holders, our business and community partners," he said.