MLB fans have been closely following the meetings taking place this week in Florida.
Both players and owners are meeting directly in an attempt to get the lockout over as soon as possible.
Or are they?
Fans see pictures and videos of both sides meeting and a fair assumption is that progress is being made.
Unfortunately, MLB insider Jeff Passan has some bad news for fans.
Meetings are done. Progress was minimal. There are four days left for MLB and the MLBPA to get a new labor deal or regular-season games are going to be canceled. They've had four days to move and there's been next to nothing — just incremental. And that's that.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 24, 2022
“Meetings are done. Progress was minimal. There are four days left for MLB and the MLBPA to get a new labor deal or regular-season games are going to be canceled. They’ve had four days to move and there’s been next to nothing — just incremental. And that’s that,” he tweeted.
This update is a bummer for everyone and shows a quick resolution may not be coming.
Approaching The Deadline
So far there has barely been any progress and the February 28 deadline, imposed by the owners to start the season on time, is days away.
It is a complex situation where players don’t want to rush, but also don’t want to lose money.
They did not agree to the owner-imposed deadline and the lack of progress may indicate they may absorb losses to get what they want.
The loser in all of this are the fans.
Everyone is following the updates, hoping a resolution can be found.
But it appears no drastic moves have taken place and the actual meetings are short in nature.
Spring training games have already been postponed through the first week of March.
Dragging this on for weeks could mean there are not any spring training games until a point when there should be regular-season games taking place.