„For more than a century, Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) have been working together to make baseball a pastime of America. The current agreement between MLB and MiLB expires (September 30). Minor League baseball negotiators met with MLB to reach a new agreement – an agreement that would maintain the relationship with mlb and maintain affordable and family-friendly entertainment in each of our 150 municipalities across the country. In the coming weeks, minor league baseball will continue to work in good faith to reach a well-designed and fair agreement that meets the demands of MLB player development and perpetuates the relationship between the two future generations. Minor league team owners are concerned about the length of the deal. MLB`s proposal would take up to 10 years for some clubs, but for others, shorter periods. If small league teams have to, as they expect, upgrade into licensing agreements, they want mechanisms that could extend terms beyond 10 years. The two sides hoped to reach an agreement by June 1, with the hope that spring training would resume on June 10. Four days after the expiry of this deadline, the letters received and shared by The Athletic show only persistent bitterness on both sides. „As co-chair of the Congressional Minor League Baseball Force, we are disappointed today as the end of the current professional baseball agreement. We strongly support the maintenance of baseball in the minor leagues in our respective communities and across the country.
By the start of the 2021 season, many of these clubs will have had little or no income in at least 18 months. We call on negotiators to reach an immediate agreement that is fair to supporters, players and local communities. The new 5-year baseball contract covers topics ranging from food and travel to minimum wages and random drug testing, in addition to a number of previously reported changes. Less than 48 hours after the new deal was hit from wall to wall during two days of negotiations, Major League Baseball players and MLB Major players postponed a March 26 agreement between the union and the league that MLB has the power to set the schedule unilaterally. According to Tom Verducci of SI, a variant of this game plan includes a 48-game season with players who receive a 100% salary on a proportional basis with a regular season that starts on August 3 and ends on September 27. Both sides have now made statements on the negotiations. MLB waited for the current agreement to expire. On the expiry date, Wednesday.
MiLB bargaining committee chairman D.G. Elmore issued a statement on behalf of MiLB saying: PHOENIX – Major League Baseball and the players union are progressing toward a deal to play the 2020 season with players who receive their proportional salaries, but the two sides continued to argue over the duration of the season, two senior executives with direct knowledge of the discussions said USA TODAY Sports.