AP file photo: Representing the MLB players union executive Tony Clark (left) and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred (right) announced on Wednesday that both sides have reached an agreement on a new CBA. There was talk earlier that the owners were considering locking out the players that’s all under the bridge with the new agreement.
by Amaury Pi Gonzalez
They negotiated for 36 hours and announced it is a done deal. This deal is good until the year 2021. So let’s play ball.
I never expected owners and players to be locked up this season. I stated it very clear, last time in this column, that baseball is rich beyond anybody’s dreams, and both sides stand to lose a lot if they would have gone that route.
The average salary for a major league player is now $4.4 million per season(the highest it has ever been) owners revenues were about $10 billion dollars and attendance topped 73 million. An example of the money flowing to major league clubs is that of the LA Dodgers. The Dodgers could make between $7 billion to $8 billion on the original rights contract from Fox Sports to Time Warner, which changed networks in 2014.
Under the new agreement, owners did not get the International draft they were looking for but players did not get a total end to Draft Pick compensation. Among the most interesting decision was that of the All Star Game results pertaining to the World Series and who (which league)get the rights to open their World Series at home, and a home field advantage, since potentially a seven game World Series will have the team that opens the Series playing four at home and three on the road.
That is out the window. The way that changed is the following: the team that wins the most games,(during the regular season) among the two pennant winners is the one that has the right to open the World Series at home. Ironically, this year it would also have been the current World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, who won 103 games during the regular season, tops in the majors.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish TV voice for the Angels and the Spanish radio voice for the A’s and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com