Boston Red Sox

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: DeMaurice Smith (L) Executive Director of the National Football League Players' Association (L) looks on as New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (R) addresses a news conference on July 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFL players and owners argreed to terms and have ended the lockout. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

I’m not going to pretend I’m some sort of expert on collective bargaining or labor negotiations, but I do know this – not playing baseball games is not good for the sport of baseball.

While many fans seem to recognize that fact, those directly involved with Major League Baseball’s current work stoppage seemingly could care less. Even as the scheduled start of Spring Training has come and gone, the two sides fail to build any momentum in their negotiations, let alone make progress. The latest meeting between the league and the Players Association, the first in almost a week, lasted just 15 minutes Thursday afternoon.

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball gave the MLBPA an unofficial deadline of Feb. 28 to get a deal done without having to delay the season. Yet despite having just 10 days left in that window, the urgency doesn’t appear to be there.

All things considered, the 2021 MLB season was one of the most entertaining in a while. The league can’t afford to lose that momentum, especially not after attendance numbers hit a 37-year low last year. In 2020, The Athletic estimated 40-50 percent of the league’s revenue is gate-related income.

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