October 26, 2006

GOLDEN DAYS:

Collective bargaining agreement set till 2011 (Ronald Blum, October 26, 2006, The Associated Press)

Bud Selig and Donald Fehr sat in the center of a dais, flanked by players and owners. For the second time in four years, they were proclaiming labor peace.

"The last agreement produced stunning growth and revenue," Selig said. "I believe that five years from now people will be stunned how well we grew the sport."

The five-year collective bargaining agreement, which runs through the 2011 season, is subject to ratification by both sides. The deal makes relatively minor changes to the previous agreement and doesn't alter baseball's drug rules.

"This is the golden era in every way," Selig said.


Supposedly the management teams of the union and MLB were forced to work together a lot on preparations for the World Baseball Classic, which is what fostered this new spirit of co-operation. Whatever it was, almost twenty years without a work stoppage is like a gift from Abner Himself.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2006 8:22 AM
Comments

Heard on the radio today that they are trying to shorten the season by instituting weeekly double-headers.

The season would end on Labor Day and the Series wouldn't conflict with the NFL.

Posted by: Pepys at October 26, 2006 12:56 PM

As Cyndi Lauper (gawd, am I dating myself) once observed, money changes everything. Both sides are making too much right now to stop the train.

Posted by: Casey Abell at October 26, 2006 2:33 PM
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