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MLB News: MLBPA Releases Statement In Response to Owner’s Request for Mediation

A big part of any negotiation is the public relations battle. MLB and the MLBPA kicked off the contest in earnest this week. On Thursday, MLB requested federal mediation for future bargaining sessions for the new CBA. On Friday, the MLBPA declined the request and released an official statement.

“Two months after implementing their lockout, and just two days after committing to Players that a counterproposal would be made, the owners refused to make a counter, and instead requested mediation. After consultation with our Executive Board, and taking into account a variety of factors, we have declined this request. The clearest path to a fair and timely agreement is to get back to the table. Players stand ready to negotiate.”

MLB will likely claim that putting together a “timely agreement” will be expedited with third party mediation. Now that MLBPA has turned down the request, the owners can state that they did their part in trying to spurn more productive bargaining sessions and the players roadblocked it. 

For now, frustrated baseball fans are forced to sit and watch the figure pointing.

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  1. The players are dead wrong in resisting neutral 3d party mediation. A skilled mediator can quickly get to the limits and heart of where the parties are and get them to YES.

  2. I don’t agree with the players rejecting mediation. Iy could have helped end the lockout.

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