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Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Team is trying to end Payne's deal

Associated Press

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 conversation."

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.