While they didn’t announce it during the World Series, MLB and the MLBPA reached a new labor deal well in advance of the Dec. 2011 deadline (see a summary of what’s in the new Basic Agreement).
But, as was the case with the 2007-2011 agreement (see it here), the final version was not available for months after the sides came to an agreement.
The reasoning is fairly simple: what can be agreed to in negotiations takes far longer to formalize.
Since the announcement on Nov 22 of the new 2012-2016 agreement, questions arise almost daily as to when the public and media will get to see the final version. With the season rolling up, questions around drug testing, minimum salary, possible changes to wording around revenue-sharing, and a litany of other questions can’t start to be examined until the release of the document.
As of today, while no formal release date has been set, several sources at the league and union level say that it’s not out of the question to see it published in PDF online by the beginning of the season. It’s not a given, but it gives you an idea of what is a possible target.
If the CBA isn’t available by Opening Day, it’s not an indicator of anything gone awry. Both the owners and players have ratified the Basic Agreement, meaning much of it is already being implemented. Look for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement online here at The Biz of Baseball as soon as available. In the meantime, here is an archive that has six of the prior CBAs in MLB.
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