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MLB CBA update: Looking good ...

Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 2:42 pm
By Matt Snyder

First the NFL season was threatened, then the NBA actually went far enough to start cancelling games (and still hasn't come to an agreement) and now it's Major League Baseball's turn to come up with a new collective bargaining agreement between ownership and players. The good news is that these talks seem far less contentious than those of the NFL and NBA. In fact, it sounds like a deal is close to being hammered out, just weeks after the World Series ended.

Tuesday night, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that there was "significant progress" made during the day. Wednesday early afternoon, Maury Brown of The Business of Baseball reported that a deal is "getting closer by the second." Jayson Stark of reported Wednesday that talks have taken "a step forward." Stark also has one source who believed an agreement would be reached by the end of the week but another told him it was only a "50-50" chance of talks being concluded by the end of the week.

Stark also notes the two sticking points in discussions. First of all, the owners prefer a hard slotting system when it comes to signing draft picks, which would hold down signing bonuses and ensure the highest picks are the highest paid. Secondly, the players oppose compensation for free agents leaving their incumbent teams -- or at least want less players to be considered "type-A" free agents.

The good news in all this is the stances by each side seem flexible and willing to compromise -- at least according to the reports we've seen thus far -- a problem in particular that has plagued the NBA. Nearing a deal this far away from the spring is a great sign.

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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:06 am

MLB CBA update: Looking good ...

Now, you can say some teams cant afford paying more than 50 million a year, but MLB does have a thing called "revenue sharing" which does a pretty good job of spreading the wealth, and MLB does have a thing called the Luxury Tax that any team has to pay that goes over a certain Amount. 

So does the NBA, along with a "soft" salary cap, and you see how well that worked out.  Baseball, I think, like most sports could benefit from both a salary cap and a salary floor so you don't have some teams spending $200million plus on payroll and others only $40million.  Set the cap at $100mill, set the floor at $75million and watch how much more balanced the league gets.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:15 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:52 pm

MLB CBA update: Looking good ...

 No mention of a salary cap? What a joke...

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:14 pm

MLB CBA update: Looking good ...

Let's just hope these guys have learned SOMETHING from the other leagues - on how NOT to alienate the fans, the true "money-machines" !!

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:04 pm

MLB CBA update: Looking good ...

Maybe the owners and players of MLB need to takeover the running of the NBA/ NFL franchises. It would be run alot smoother than they are now and agreements would be sorted with dialogue and communication between the parties would continuously open

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:36 pm

MLB CBA update: Looking good ...

Who would have ever thought? Major league baseball, setting the example for professional sports in labor relations.

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