Union To Get 'Prior Read' Before Mitchell Report Released

With the long-awaited investigation headed by former Senator George J. Mitchell on the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball set to be become public as early as next week, CBS News has learned the Major League Baseball Players' Association will have the ability to review the much-anticipated report before its official release.

According to a high-ranking source within baseball, union officials will be given a "prior read" of the Mitchell Report for an unspecified period of time to determine whether it complies with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between baseball owners and the players' association.

John J. Clarke, an attorney at Mitchell's law firm and a spokesman for the 21-month investigation, did not immediately return a call for comment. Gene Orza, second in command at the players' union, was traveling and not available for comment.


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