The whole MLB universe, including owners, players, fans, media, team staffers, and many others, are closely following collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations.
After this week’s fiasco, which resulted in MLB cancelling the first two series of the season, MLB and the Players Association had their first informal talk.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale announced that MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and MLBPA lead negotiator Bruce Meyer had an informal sit-down today in New York.
Per Nightengale, they spoke for about an hour and a half on Thursday, and covered “most of the issues”.
Unfortunately, the tone of the meeting was informal, and there was no deal to report.
There were no formal proposals exchanged today during the negotiations. Unknown when MLB and the MLBPA will meet again.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 3, 2022
Nightengale says a date for a future meeting is not yet known.
There Is No Ending In Sight For The Lockout
Fans are getting tired of waiting: it’s Day 92 of the MLB lockout, and there isn’t an ending in sight.
MLB fails to realize it’s inflicting irreparable damage to its own sport by taking games away from its fans.
Lots of adults fans know the implications of a lockout and labor talks, but kids just want to watch baseball.
Kids are, additionally, at an age in which a lifelong relationship with baseball can be either formed or left behind for external reasons.
The league is wasting the chance to captivate these hypothetical future fans by sabotaging its own season in two of the last three seasons.
For all we know, we could have baseball in a month or in a year: nobody knows.
Both sides should be able to reach an agreement eventually, in it could happen in a matter of weeks.
Much of the damage, sadly, has already been done.