Major League Baseball kicks off their quarterly owners meetings today in Orlando, FL, with general managers in the fold and with it, the key topics will center around matters labor related.
Unlike other recent meetings, there are no exceptionally pressing matters such as the sale of the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs that are now in the distance. Instead, matters such as salary arbitration, expanding the playoffs to include two more Wild Card teams, and other economic issues that will play a part in collective bargaining this coming year will be on the agenda. Expanding instant replay is said to not be on the agenda.
The Associated Press is reporting that while there has been discussion of having expanded playoffs in 2011, the league has not formerly offered it up for proposal to the MLBPA.
For those wondering if MLB’s television blackout policy will finally be addressed this off-season, it is not up for this set of meetings. There has been little discussion of the policy making chances of it surfacing in the meetings before the season gets underway remote.
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