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MLB cancels Opening Day after players, league fail to reach deal

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day was scheduled for March 31st, but has been canceled. This comes as the league and the players’ association failed to reach a deal.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the cancellation on Tuesday (Axios). Additionally, the first two series of the season have been cancelled and will not be made up. Players will not be paid for those missed games.

This is important because it will be the first time in 27 years that regular-season games are canceled due to labor disputes. The dispute is over luxury tax, bonus pool, and minimum salary.

AP reported that both the players and the league negotiated for over 16 hours on Monday with plans to exchange offers on Tuesday prior to the 5pm ET deadline. The league made its final offer that day, which was rejected by the players.

An MLB spokesman said, “We thought there was a path to a deal last night and that both sides were closing in on the major issues.” Manfred stated, “I had hoped against hope I woulndt have to have this press conference where I am going to cancel some regular season games. I want to assure our fans that our failure to reach an agreement was not due to a lack of effort by either party.”

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNBC

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