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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Commissioner Rob Manfred says lockout could move MLB collective bargaining agreement talks forward

Major League Baseball owners have not yet decided to lock out players if there is no new labor deal after the Dec. 1 expiration of the current one, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday, but he highlighted the folly of not doing so in 1994 that led to a crippling strike and added that “an offseason lockout that moves the process forward is different than a labor dispute that costs games.”

“I don’t think ‘94 worked out too great for anybody,” Manfred told reporters as the quarterly owners meetings concluded. “I think we need to look at other sports. The pattern has become to control the timing of the labor dispute and try to minimize the prospect of actual disruption of the season. That’s what it’s about. It’s avoiding doing damage to the season.”

Labor strife was the main focus of owners, team presidents and league executives who met less than two weeks before the deal expires—and with little progress made toward a new one. While the league and MLB Players Association have met consistently—they had a bargaining session Wednesday, Manfred said, and are scheduled for another Friday—they remain far apart from an agreement, having made limited progress on core economic issues.

“We understand, I understand, that time is becoming an issue,” Manfred said. “That’s a challenge. We’ve had challenges with respect to making labor agreements before, and we got a pretty good track record of overcoming those challenges. I can tell you from the clubs’ perspective, we’re committed to continuing to offer proposals and suggestions in an effort to get to an agreement before December 1.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 18, 2021 at 05:25 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian C Posted: November 18, 2021 at 09:55 PM (#6053510)
“I think we need to look at other sports. The pattern has become to control the timing of the labor dispute and try to minimize the prospect of actual disruption of the season. That’s what it’s about. It’s avoiding doing damage to the season.”

I guess that's what it's about, if you're going to treat a work stoppage as inevitable.

My suggestion would perhaps be to look at MLB instead of other sports, since MLB hasn't had a work stoppage in nearly 30 years, which is a record none of the other sports can match.
   2. O Tempura, O Morays ('Spos) Posted: November 19, 2021 at 07:43 AM (#6053534)
"Trepanning could relive headaches"
   3. McCoy Posted: November 19, 2021 at 09:47 AM (#6053542)
It's silly spin. Owners lock out players in the off-season because it doesn't cost them anything to do it. Players strike during the season because they'll have gotten some money and it costs the owners money. It's about leverage. A lockout during the off-season puts pressure on players to agree to the deal so they can sign contracts and get paid off the lockout extends long enough.
   4. Karl from NY Posted: November 19, 2021 at 02:38 PM (#6053587)
MLB hasn't had a work stoppage in nearly 30 years, which is a record none of the other sports can match.


Technically true, but not really. The 2011 NFL lockout lost one preseason game and that was it. The NFL has had no significant stoppage since 1987. (Unless you count the 2012 referees lockout.)
   5. Mayor Blomberg Posted: November 19, 2021 at 03:33 PM (#6053593)
So the owners are willing to speed up the game if they see it's costing them money.

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