MLB collective bargaining is proof that nothing would happen without the last minute.
After locking their players out almost three months ago, the MLB and MLBPA are finally making progress on their new CBA. As Derrick Goodold noted, the talks go on late into the night; however, large gaps remain between bridging player and league demands.
There has been progress, but the source warns that there is still a long way to go on several key issues. Temper the optimism with some realism as the pages have big gaps to fill.
They meet late into the night. The owners’ deadline delay was discussed per source.
— Derrick S Goodold (@dgoold) March 1, 2022
The league has set a deadline of February 28 to complete the collective bargaining agreement or risk cancellation of regular-season games. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred pointed to the shortened 2020 season as evidence that players need to ramp up to full activity for four weeks before the season begins.
If no agreement is reached by the end of the day, Goodold notes that there have been discussions to extend the owners’ self-imposed deadline to salvage the 162-game schedule.
The glimmer of hope is that we still have a full MLB schedule to look forward to. FanDuel Sportsbook has bettors covered with futures markets until that happens.