MLB Locks Out Players After Failing To Reach New Labor Agreement

MLB Locks Out Players After Failing To Reach New Labor Agreement

12/2/2021 9:35:00 AM

MLB Locks Out Players After Failing To Reach New Labor Agreement

The lockout will halt all player activity including free agency, player trades and use of team facilities.

ToplineMajor League Baseball locked out its players early on Thursday morning, plunging the sport into its first work stoppage in 26 years after team owners and players failed to reach terms on a new collective bargaining agreement ahead of a midnight deadline.

Thursday's lockout is Major League Baseball's first work stoppage in 26 years.Getty ImagesKey FactsMLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced the lockout in an official statement where he said the league believes that an offseason lockout was “the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season.”

The lockout was immediatelydenouncedby the league’s player association (MLBPA) which called it a “dramatic measure” that was being used to “pressure players into relinquishing their rights and benefits.”The lockout will halt all player activity including free agency, player trades and use of team facilities, while team officials are barred from communicating with players in any way. headtopics.com

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