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Bud Selig optimistic about labor negotiations

Posted on: January 13, 2011 7:08 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 7:10 pm

Commissioner Bud Selig was part of the owners meetings that wrapped up Thursday and spoke about the looming labor negotiations to take place.

Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire Dec. 11, but unlike all the other sports, there has been no whispers of a potential work stoppage. And that's how Bud likes it.

"Look, the thing that I've said all along is that there's a constructive relationship now," Selig told the media, according to "Negotiations are always tough. [The players' association has] their players to represent, and I understand that. Rob and his people will do the same thing.

Negotiations are expected to take place in a few weeks, and this time it will be with the input of general managers, who have offered their opinions on various things such as instant replay, the postseason and the draft.

"It was a benefit, I think, especially at the front end of these meetings," said Yankees GM Brian Cashman of the inclusion of the GMs. "It gave the Commissioner a good chance to find out just what the general managers think. It's been great, healthy."

Where the NBA, NFL and NHL are tinged with rancor over labor agreements, all is smelling roses in baseball land -- and Selig believes things will only get better.

"There's no question that nobody could've believed -- starting with me -- that we'd have 16 years of labor peace in a sport that had eight work stoppages," he said. "That's really remarkable. ... The last six years are the best six years we've ever had and I think this will move up a little. That's how good I feel about it."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Bud Selig, MLB

Since: Jan 14, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2011 11:12 am

Bud Selig optimistic about labor negotiations

No talk about closing the Grand Canyon sized gap in revenues between the have & have nots?

Evidently Bud is fine with the status quo of 6-7 small market teams being minor league feeders to the Yanks,Bosox,etc. MLB has the worst economic system in major sports.

Yanks/Red Sox all the time might be great for ESPN, but it sucks for fans of small market teams. I won't waste my time.

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