Baseball is one of America’s favorite sports, and fans are used to watching MLB games every year from April to October, sometimes even November.
And they are also used to watching their favorite stars playing exhibition games throughout the month of March.
Some fans make the trip to Florida and Arizona to see their preferred teams every year.
In 2022, however, those plans will have to wait, at least another few days and, potentially, a lot more than that.
MLB and the Players Association haven’t been able to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), since the old one expired on December 1.
On December 2, the league implemented a lockout to prevent any transaction regarding major league players, or players on the 40-man roster.
MLB won’t lift the lockout until both sides reach a deal, or at least they aren’t expected to do so.
The first bargaining session of a busy week began today, at 1:00 pm ET in Jupiter, FL.
MLB and the MLBPA are expected to meet every day this week, with some owners and players present in the sessions.
Fans Want to Know What Will Happen
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post is reporting the facts as they happen: “Scene in Jupiter: As MLB officials stir around the top level of Roger Dean Stadium, two kids biked to the ticket window and asked if spring training games will start on March 6. They couldn’t get a straight answer.”
Scene in Jupiter: As MLB officials stir around the top level of Roger Dean Stadium, two kids biked to the ticket window and asked if spring training games will start on March 6. They couldn’t get a straight answer. Follow @chelsea_janes for labor updates and such.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) February 21, 2022
That’s exactly what all fans are feeling at the moment.
They are confused and frustrated, because they are usually playing spring training games in late February and early March.
And they want to know when players are going to take the field.
We could all find out soon…or we may have to endure weeks of bargaining sessions if they can’t agree soon.
Fans have no choice but to wait.