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Morning Mound Visit: MLB threatens to cancel season unless union waives legal claims

Maybe there won’t be a season; Ownership always lies, wins; A lost season will cause irreparable harm

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Jeff Passan | ESPN: Over the weekend, the MLBPA said the players were ready to play baseball, they just needed to know “when and where.” On Monday, with yet another opportunity to bring baseball back, MLB told the PA there would be no season unless the PA waived all legal claims against the league. It’s likely the MLBPA will file a grievance against the league for going back on the March agreement, and MLB must be concerned that they would lose such a grievance. Continuing to negotiate in bad faith to prevent a grievance over negotiating in bad faith is a bold strategy.

Marc Carig | The Athletic $: MLB owners will always get what they want no matter the damage that’s done to the game or the league. If their bad faith negotiations will have negative repercussions, it doesn’t matter. They’ll find a way to pass both the blame and the losses.

Russell Carleton | Baseball Prospectus $: The owner’s callous greed will have negative repercussions. The last time MLB went this long without baseball, it took 12 years to get back to the same number of fans attending per game. Owners will still find ways to grow their obscene wealth, but perhaps not as efficiently as they otherwise could by making a small concession now.