Articles matching tag: MLBPA

  1. Column: Baseball's Economic System Favors The OwnersFebruary 8, 2018

    If you think this winter has been a cold one, it’s been even colder for MLB free agents. With pitchers and catchers reporting next week, 110 players remain unsigned, wondering if they’ll have a job this season. A number of theories have been advanced to explain the stalemate - a less talented group of free agents, the reluctance to part with draft picks, teams saving their resources for a star-studded group of free agents next year, the financial benefits of staying under the luxury tax this year, and the “C” word - collusion.

  2. Column: New MLB CBA Will Look Like The Last OneNovember 24, 2016

    How times have changed in Major League Baseball (MLB). No, we don’t mean the game on the field, although recent rule changes have sparked fan debate and lit up social media. The big change, one that has fattened the bottom line for everyone involved in the game - owners, players, media outlets and everyone else who generates revenue from the sport – is labor peace. Between 1972 – six years after the formation of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) - and 1994 there were eight work stoppages in the sport, five strikes by the players and three lockouts by the owners. However, since 1995 MLB has had labor peace and not coincidentally, the sport has flourished. In the past 21 years, the parties have successfully negotiated five Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) without an interruption in play. During the same period, the other three Major League team sports – the NFL, NBA and NHL – have shut down a total of five times.