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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Strike Talks Heat Up At Deadline

NEW YORK -- Negotiators for U.S. major league baseball owners and players were to continue discussions as Friday's deadline for canceling the baseball season drew near.

"If we get closer to a deal, I'm sure that date might have some flexibility," Colorado Rockies owner Jerry McMorris said. The two sides were to meet Thursday after holding an informal 3-hour meeting Wednesday.

Twelve players from the union's negotiating committee were said to be headed to New York as the strike reached day 27. "If we make a proposal, it will be because we believe we've come up with something new based on information we were given last weekend," union head Donald Fehr said earlier.

He had said the union had received additional details on the revenue-sharing plan owners agreed to in January.

Several officials on both sides said they expected a possible union plan to be a variation of the "taxation" concept. Under this plan, the salary cap that owners have been demanding would be replaced by a system in which richer clubs would share a higher percentage of their locally generated revenue if they exceed certain levels of payrolls or revenue.