Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn told a Hose subcommittee yesterday that owners of sports teams are tired of subsidizing the cable television industry at the expense of their businesses.
Kuhn appeared before the subcommittee on courts, civil liberties and the administration of justice during hearings on legislation to license and regulate cable television.
The hearings are to determine if cable companies should pay origination fees to sports franchises, movie producers, etc., for retransmitting programs.
Kuhn cited the problems of the so-called "super stations" and their "purloining" of sports programming for use in competition with stations supposedly having exclusive rights to major sports telecasts.
"WTBS in Atlanta goes to 12 million cable subscribers in almost every state," Kuhn said. "That station carries 150 Atlanta Braves games to 56 percent of the cable homes in the country." WTBS is owned by Ted Turner, who also owns the Braves and the NBA Atlanta Hawks. o
In New York, Marvin Miller, the chief negotiator for major league baseball players in their contract talks with club owners, said the courts must act if a May 29 strike deadline is to be postponed.
Miller, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said postponing the walkout is one of the things that could result from an unfair-labor complaint filed by the association with the National Labor Relations Board last week.
The complaint includes a request for a stike-postponing injunction.