MLB 2021 Lockdown: Live Updates As Major League Baseball CBA Expires
IRVING, Texas – What else did you expect?
On the last day before the start of baseball’s first work stoppage in 26 years, talks between Major League Baseball and the Players Union did not last long. The owners arrived at the players’ hotel around 10:20 am CT. Three hours and 20 minutes later, they were in their cars, negotiations over for the day.
In the short term, the most pressing question is when the MLB will officially announce a lockout. Owners can do this no earlier than midnight ET, and while they technically don’t have to come out for a lockout so early, the league has given all indications they intend to do so. . The final step is likely a vote among homeowners to officially approve the lockdown, which sources said was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
This week’s negotiations produced little movement and the owners did not make a new economic proposal during the three days of talks.
The commissioner’s office made its most recent fundamental economic proposals to the players last week, and on Tuesday morning, the second of three days of games together, the union made its most recent proposal.
Homeowners would not agree to counter the reserve system and luxury tax issues unless the MLBPA agreed in advance to drop a number of key requirements, including how long it takes to players to get free agency and revenue sharing between owners, a person with knowledge of the union’s position said. Such a precondition was something union leaders did not recall seeing in negotiations before, the person said, and the players did not agree to the request.
There are areas where, while the league’s proposals don’t appeal to the union, there has been at least some sign of movement.
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As talks break down between MLB and players, most controversial issues include revenue sharing, years of arbitration, luxury tax