The only new occurrence yesterday in the talks between representatives for baseball owners and players was that they met publicly for five minutes to allow television cameras to film them meeting together.
Two hours later, after only 15 minutes to face-to-face talks to discuss logistics, they adjourned, having made no progress.
Although federal mediator Kenneth E. Moffett tentatively scheduled another meeting for 3 p.m. today in New York, prospects seem slim for progress being made before the decision by U.S. District Judge Henry F. Werker on the National Labor Relations Board's request for an injunction.
A law clerk for Werker said yesterday that the decision would not come until later this week.
Werker had said Thursday he would not decide before yesterday whether to issue the injunction, which would prohibit the owners from implementing free-agent compensation until next spring.
Marvin Miller, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said there was no indication yesterday that the owners were receptive to the proposal for pooled compensation the players made last week.
"If they're changed their minds, it was not noticeable in terms of the comments we got," Miller said. "We indicated Saturday that we had reasonable flexibility on a whole raft of points and we're certainly open to suggestions, counterproposals or whatever. They made none."
Don Fehr, the general counsel for the players association, said he and Miller believe the owners are not prepared to negotiate seriously before Werker's ruling.
"I have no doubt they are waiting (for the judge). We wish they wouldn't . . . It implies they don't think negotiations will be productive until he rules. I think they're wrong. Any time they want to negotiate in good faith, they will get no argument from us."
Ray Grebey, the owners' chief negotiator, had no comment other than to say no progress was made.
The meeting scheduled for this afternoon is contingent upon whether the judge rules earlier in the day.