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MLB MOVES TOWARD LABOR AGREEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Published January 4, 1996
While the baseball offseason has featured a "blizzard" of player movement, there is still no MLB labor agreement. Since it appears "unlikely" there will be a work stoppage during '96, MLB owners and players face a number of opportunities to announce labor peace, according to BASEBALL WEEKLY. Owners meetings scheduled for January 16-18 in L.A. will focus on revenue sharing, but Peter Pascarelli reports a framework for a new labor deal could be in place for discussion by then. Team GMs and managers will be at these meetings and they will draw significant media coverage setting a "stage" for labor news if it can be made. This would also coincide with the January opening of club season-ticket sales. The announcement of a new labor deal to open spring training would also be a "perfect PR sendoff" for the '96 season. If not done by then, Opening Day would be the next "crunch deadline" as Pascarelli notes MLB cannot go on indefinitely without a CBA (BASEBALL WEEKLY, 1/3-9 issue).