MLB All Set to Lose League Games, as CBA Might Not Get Done by the League’s Deadline

Published 02/27/2022, 8:00 AM EST
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The ongoing owners’ imposed lockout in Major League Baseball will complete its three-month anniversary in the next week. And yet, the owners have not agreed to the new CBA deal with the players’ union.

Now, the regular season is about to start in the next month, the pressure is on both sides. However, instead of getting the new collective bargaining agreement done, the two parties have not from their stand. And with this, the league might lose a number of regular-season games.


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MLB to lose regular-season games

The lockout has frustrated not only the baseball fans but also the players. Therefore, if the owners and the players’ union find a solution to the ongoing work stoppage at the earliest. Then losing the league games is evident.

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Earlier this week, MLB owners reportedly gave a deadline to the players’ union for the new CBA deal. According to NCB Washington, MLB asked the payers union to agree to the new CBA before February 28, else they will start canceling the league games.


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And now, as per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the MLB is all set to lose the regular season games. As the officials believe, the new deal before the deadline is not a possibility.

Taking to his Twitter, Passan said there are still two days left before the deadline. But opening day remains in significant jeopardy.

“MLB did not respond well to the union’s proposal, sources tell ESPN. There are two days left to get a deal. But opening day remains in significant jeopardy,” Passan said. “Multiple officials believe a deal will not get done by the league’s Monday deadline to cancel games.”

Players to lose salaries if the season doesn’t start on time


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If the regular season doesn’t start in time, then the league will end up losing a number of games. But with this, MLB players will also lose a huge amount of their salaries.


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As per Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, players will lose a total of $20.5 million from their purses on a daily basis, if the regular season gets delayed.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.