SBD/January 12, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies

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MLB owners will begin their two-day quarterly owners meeting today in Paradise Valley, Ariz., with preparation for the upcoming CBA negotiations with the MLBPA again at the top of the agenda. No significant formal action items from the owners are expected, but much like owners' meetings throughout '10, discussion toward the upcoming labor talks will be paramount. The current five-year accord expires after the '11 season. As been the case for the past year, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has invited team GMs to take part in the meetings, as many of the discussions up for negotiation with the players involve onfield-related subjects such as the First-Year Player Draft and postseason format. Selig tomorrow afternoon will also convene another session of his Special Committee for On-Field Matters. That panel will continue to discuss an expanded postseason format and enlarged instant replay, though no changes will be enacted for the '11 season and instead will be collectively bargained for '12 and beyond (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal). MLB.com's Barry Bloom reported both an expanded playoffs and instant replay are “being discussed at the committee level,” but there is “insufficient time to implement any changes prior to the March 31 start of the regular season.” Selig said, "There continues to be fruitful talks about it, but they're definitely off the table for this year. Really, I think that's what we've been saying all along." Selig added expanded use of instant replay is “still under discussion, but there's nothing new" (MLB.com, 1/11).

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