MLB Facing Shortened Season If No Deal Reached By Next Week

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It’s deadline time for Major League Baseball and its lockout. Basically, another day of failed negotiations will lead to a shortened season.

“A deadline is a deadline. Missed games are missed games. Salary will not be paid for those games,” an MLB spokesman said Wednesday, via The Associated Press.

Basically, if MLB and the union can’t reach an agreement by Monday, regular season games will be missed and the season will forever have an asterisk next to it — assuming there is any season at all.

Of course, even that is now up for debate in this contest of Who’s the Bigger Crybaby.

“Players have not accepted Monday as a deadline and have suggested any missed games could be made up as part of doubleheaders, a method MLB said it will not agree to,” the AP reported.

On the bright side, both parties have agreed to meet all the way until Monday to try to get things settled. On the downside, you’re talking about gobs of money and massive egos. Dollars and pride usually aren’t ingredients for an agreement.

“The union told MLB if games are missed and salaries are lost, clubs should not expect players to agree to management’s proposals to expand the postseason and to allow advertisements on uniforms and helmets,” the AP wrote.

So yeah. Buckle up. It could be a long shortened season.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Nothing draws more empathy from Americans who are getting hit with inflation and increasing commodities prices than spoiled multimillionaires fighting with arrogant multibillionaires over who gets to keep the biggest portion of the extra $5 they want to tack on to an already $9 hot dog and $100 ticket no one wants to pay for. I’m a baseball fan and this is all stupidly tone deaf. This petty squabbling may do far more harm to fan interest than they anticipated, and I hate to say it, but it’s been coming for a while now with MLB.

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