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MLB Lockout, Day 49: Impasse between league, union hits crunch time

Talks between MLB and the MLBPA are "approaching crunch time, the point in the discussions when the start of spring training, and thus the start of the regular season, will be in jeopardy," according to Ken Rosenthal of THE ATHLETIC. The heat "soon will be on," as the sport has been "building toward this moment seemingly since the moment the parties agreed to the last CBA" in November '16. This is "not, at the moment, a 'both sides' discussion." The owners "need to acknowledge that the game’s economic landscape has tilted too far in their direction, and that the sport’s competitive integrity has been compromised by teams refusing to invest in their products." At some point, the league "needs to make an offer that will tempt the union." Such a proposal "would increase the pressure" on the union's lead negotiator, Bruce Meyer, and by extension, MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark, "putting the union more on the defensive, forcing it to respond." It also would "test the resolve of the players, all of whom are experiencing their first work stoppage" (THEATHLETIC.com, 1/19).

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