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Democrat says "no Moss." (contract negotiation between Randy Moss and the Arkansas Democrats)

Democrat Says "No Moss"

Better change that house ad to read: "Randy Moss -- only in The Dallas Morning News."

Contract negotiations between Moss, the best known handicapper in this part of the country, and the Arkansas Democrat have reached a standstill.

In other words, don't expect to find "Oaklawn Park's leading handicapper" in the Democrat next year.

Already, racing fans who read the Democrat have noticed the disappearance of Moss' Louisiana Downs picks. That's not to mention the newspaper's complete disregard for handicapping Oaklawn's weekend simulcasts from Saratoga in upstate New York.

It appears the Democrat is allowing one of the biggest fish in the newspaper war to get away.

That's hard to believe after Walter Hussman Jr. made such a big deal of stealing Moss from the Arkansas Gazette in April 1982.

It's even harder to believe in light of the thousands of dollars the Democrat has spent promoting Moss on television, radio and billboards during the past nine years.

Moss left as a full-time Democrat employee two years ago to become the Morning News' handicapper and turf writer, but the Democrat insisted on keeping his picks.

The newspaper locked Moss into a two-year contract. When it came time to renew the contract last month, Democrat officials would not meet the Hot Springs native's demands.

In the words of one local handicapper (who, incidentally, is not a Moss fan), "He's worth whatever he wants."

Apparently, the folks at the Democrat don't think so.

They're taking a big gamble in a newspaper war where every move is crucial.
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