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Labor Deal Signing Pushed Back

October 1, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Lawyers for baseball players and owners pushed back signing their labor settlement to Tuesday.

The sides had expected to sign the ``memorandum of understanding″ Monday but said minor editing was still taking place to the document.

Players and owners agreed to the deal just hours before the scheduled start of a strike Aug. 30, and the lawyers have spent the last month putting the agreement in writing. The contract will run through the 2006 season.

Owners voted 29-1 to ratify the contract, with only the New York Yankees opposing it. Players voted on ratification last week and while no total has been announced, overwhelming approval was expected.

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