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Friday, May 01, 2015

MLB game times drop considerably; player penalties may be dropped

The system is working. Change the system!

Major League Baseball average game times are down almost 8 1/2 minutes from 2014, thanks to the league’s new pace-of-game rules.

That’s good news not just for fans, but players as well; ESPN reports that MLB officials and the players union are in discussions to drop the fines for slow play the league could impose beginning Friday.

According to Major League Baseball, through Wednesday’s games, the average nine-inning game time of just under two hours and 54 minutes is 8 1/2 minutes quicker than the 3:02 average in 2014.

The success of the new pace-of-game rules has led MLB officials to rethink the need to institute slow-play fines, which would range from $100 to $500 for infractions such as leaving the batter’s box during an at-bat. MLB officials agreed to give players a month of play to get used to the new procedures, issuing warnings for infractions, before issuing fines beginning May 1.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: fines, mlbpa, pace of play

Friday, April 10, 2015

MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games

Who should I start this week, Joe Jackson or Pete Rose?

Major League Baseball and the players’ association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies.

Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred said that although he considered daily fantasy different from gambling, playing fantasy for prizes became part of Rule 21, which prohibits players from gambling. Players will be subject to discipline if they are found to have violated the rule.

Sources involved in the talks between the league and the players’ association said that there was indeed concern over conflict of interest or at least the appearance of a conflict of interest in which the players could affect the outcome and potentially make money off of it.

The deal between MLB and the players’ association does not preclude the players from playing fantasy baseball when something of value is not involved and they can play fantasy sports other than baseball for prizes. It also doesn’t stop any player from accepting compensation from a daily fantasy site to endorse or promote the company or the players’ association from signing an official deal with one of those companies.

Major League Baseball acquired a stake of daily fantasy sports site DraftKings in 2013 when the site became the league’s official daily fantasy game. The league recently received a larger stake as part of an expansion of that original deal.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: draft kings, endorsements, fanduel, gambling, mlbpa



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