Baseball umps make last pitch to save season

The four local branches of the Texas Association of Sports Officials met Saturday night to make one final attempt to end the strike and save the baseball season.

Local baseball umpires had voted to strike earlier this week after a dispute with the UIL threatened to cut the amount schools were allowed to pay umpiring crews. According to a local representative, after attempting to meet on two occasions with the UIL to discuss game pay, the local branches, Tyler, Longview, SFA, and Texarkana, have submitted new proposals directly to the school in East Texas. The proposals will be received Monday morning.

This new proposal is a concession on TASO's part that also falls within the UIL's general guidelines, according to a local representative. The East Texas version of this proposal is based upon an agreement that is already at use in other parts of the state, including Houston.

If the schools accept, TASO officials will work their games.

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