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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 09 September 2007 02:03

AMLUThe union that represents the umpires for the minor leagues has agreed to allow MLB to conduct background checks on its members, a move that MLB requested in the wake of the Tim Donaghy betting scandal in the NBA.

The Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU) initially declined on the request, but now seems willing to allow the checks after MLB placed the parameters of them in writing. As reported by The AP:

"The office of the commissioner explained in detail why it was proceeding with the background checks and how it would respond to information received as a result of those background checks," management lawyer Frank Coonelly said. "The AMLU asked the office of the commissioner to memorialize that discussion, and the office of the commissioner was happy to do so."

The move by the AMLU breaks an impasse of sorts. To date, it is the first union to agree with the background checks, as the unions for MLB and the World Umpires Association have yet to agree to allow the checks.

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