Major League Baseball Cancels March 31 Opening Day Games

From a story on by TuAnh Dam headlined “MLB cancels Opening Day after players, league fail to reach a deal”:

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, which was scheduled for March 31, will be canceled after the league and the players’ association failed to reach a deal, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: It will be the first time in 27 years that regular-season games have been canceled due to a labor dispute between the two sides.

  • The first two series of the season have been canceled and will not be made up, according to Manfred. Players will not be paid for missed games.

The big picture: The players and league differ in three major areas: the luxury tax, bonus pool and minimum salary, USA Today writes.

How we got here: The league made its “best and final offer” on Tuesday, but the players rejected it.

  • Both sides had negotiated for over 16 hours on Monday, AP reports, and exchanged offers the next day ahead of the league-imposed 5pm ET deadline Tuesday.
  • An MLB spokesperson said early Tuesday morning that the two sides had been close to a deal, USA Today reports.
  • “We thought there was a path to a deal last night and that both sides were closing in on the major issues,’’ an MLB spokesman said.

What they’re saying: “I had hoped against hope I wouldn’t have to have this press conference where I am going to cancel some regular-season games,” Manfred said

  • “I want to assure our fans that our failure to reach an agreement was not due to a lack of effort by either party,” he added.
  • Manfred had previously said that missing games would be “disastrous.”

The other side: The MLB Players’ Association said in a statement that it was “disgusted, but sadly not surprised” that the start of the season was delayed.

  • “Against the backdrop of growing revenues and record profits, we are seeking nothing more than a fair agreement,” the statement said.
  • The MLBPA added that the owners were trying to “break our Player fraternity,” but said their effort would fail.
  • “We are united and committed to negotiating a fair deal that will improve the sport for Players, fans and everyone who loves our game.”


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