Jeff Passan from ESPN has a good piece out discussing the first Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA as we get closer to the expiration of the current CBA on December 1, 2021. It doesn’t sound very positive. It seems that both the league and the players understand that continued huge revenue numbers are dependent upon continued labor peace. But, there are systemic inequities regarding salaries, service time, and free agency that the players want to resolve, and pace of play, competition, and playoff expansion issues that the League wants to address. I don’t see any of this being resolved soon given the League’s intransigence. If I had to guess, it won’t be resolved until well after the expiration of the CBA.
Let’s all enjoy the 2021 MLB season. It might be the last we see for a while.
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