Thursday, October 20, 2016
While the current labor agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association is set to expire in early December, don’t expect a strike or lockout to occur, that according to sources who would not speak on record but are close to the details.
As to when the deal may be announced, it would benefit both the league and union to have it occur prior to free agency, which starts shortly after the end of the World Series on Nov. 2nd.
The current five-year CBA was reached on Nov. 22, 2011, but prior to that, the 2006 labor deal was collectively announced by then commissioner Bud Selig and MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr on Oct 24 during the World Series. While sources would not say, it is possible that the labor deal could be announced during this year’s Fall Classic or very shortly after.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Corruption or cost?
Under the terms of MLB’s initial concept, the new international draft system would start in March of 2018, with a 10-round draft held over two days. As the new structure evolved, with terms grandfathered into the process, the minimum age for draft-eligible players would be 18 years old by 2021.
As part of baseball’s proposal, MLB would operate facilities in the Dominican Republic, where international draft prospects would be invited to live to develop their skills and education before becoming eligible. This would also give MLB much greater control over a process which has often been viewed by baseball executives as a wild, wild West of player procurement.
Part of the rationale for change put forth by Major League Baseball is the concern over the corruption that has infected the current situation, with handlers for teenage players attempting to extract fees from teams—and sometimes succeeding—in return for delivering the talent. There is also concern that under the current rules, young teenagers are motivated to use performance-enhancing drugs in an attempt to draw a higher signing bonus, without any possibility of oversight or testing. The business of handlers smuggling players from Cuba and demanding recompense has also been an issue that MLB, players and teams have had to face.
Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 26 comment(s)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Bring back the doubleheader.
Options include shortening the 162-game schedule, which takes place across 183 days, but that step will create pushback from owners who lose home gates and the amount of product they can exhibit when negotiating new TV contracts.
“There are ways to produce more off days in the schedule,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said at a meeting with the Baseball Writers Association of America at the All-Star Game. “Some of those have very significant economic ramifications that if in fact we were going down those roads, those economic ramifications are going to have to be shared by all of the relevant parties. You want to work less? Usually you get paid less.”
“I don’t agree that there would need to be a discussion about the loss of salary or a rollback of salaries,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told the BBWAA.
Posted: July 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 39 comment(s)
Monday, July 18, 2016
Maybe they should put a 10% or 15% across the board salary cut on the table to get it done.
According to David Lennon of Newsday, the idea of reducing the schedule to 154 games has “gained momentum” of late, as MLB and the MLBPA negotiate the new collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires on December 1, and there’s no indication a work stoppage is on the horizon, thankfully.
The biggest problem with reducing the schedule is the financial impact. Eight fewer games means four fewer home dates per team, which impacts the bottom line. Also, television contracts around the league call for a minimum number of games to be broadcast and things like that.
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 11:55 AM | 68 comment(s)
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
In other words…if you want a shorter schedule payroll cuts are in order.
The schedule: Both Manfred and Clark acknowledge that 162 games in 183 days is a grind, and Clark said the evolving nature of the game and its off-the-field demands have made it even more challenging. Clark stressed that measures need to be made to put players in the best position to play at a high level every day and to improve the likelihood that a fan attending a game can expect to see his or her favorite player in action. Manfred said that shortening the schedule would of course impact gate revenues and, therefore, should impact salaries.
“If we were going to go down those roads, those economic ramifications are going to have to be shared by all the applicable parties,” Manfred said.
Clark countered that if the quality of play is improved, that, in and of itself, is a selling point that could offset the financial impact.
“I’m not talking about raising ticket prices,” Clark said. “I’m talking about as a fan coming to the ballpark and I know I’m going to see my guys, as a result of XYZ being done to make improvements to their overall health and ability to be on the field.”
Clark said increasing roster sizes from their current 25 in order to improve flexibility is an idea that “would seem to make sense.”
Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 21 comment(s)
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