The shutdown imposed by the owner of Major League Baseball is about to risk the regular season. Monday marks the league’s self-imposed deadline when a new collective bargaining agreement must be reached before regular season matches are called off. This will be the first time in 27 years that regular season competitions have been affected by a shutdown. (The 2020 season has been changed due to the pandemic.)
During Monday’s meeting, the MLB informed the MLBPA that it was willing to miss matches for a month and took a more threatening tone, Evan Drelish reports from The Athletic. Earlier this month, commissioner Rob Manfred said missing matches would be a “disastrous outcome” for the sport, words that have remained empty in the weeks since. The two sides began their meetings at 10 a.m. ET on Monday in Jupiter, Florida and continue into the evening. Manfred told a group of reporters at the site that they were “work at it” Shortly after the players met at 6 p.m. ET.
CBS Sports has provided a closing schedule here, but the short version is that the owners set the locks on when the previous CBA expired. They were not obligated to do so, but it was described as a defensive maneuver. Then the league waited more than six weeks to make its first proposal. The two sides have since conducted a number of personal negotiations, with some major sticking points including a competitive credit tax; revenue sharing a breakdown of players eligible for Super Two mode in judging; The minimum periodic salary.
CBS Sports is providing live updates to Monday’s negotiations. You can find those below.