MLB players, owners reportedly make progress after 16-hour overnight bargaining session

League-imposed deadline to reach deal without canceling regular-season games extended to 5 p.m. Tuesday

Representatives from Major League Baseball walk to labor negotiations with the players' association, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky, The Associated Press 2022)

After a 16-hour bargaining session that dragged into the early hours of the morning, Major League Baseball players and owners have reportedly made progress toward a deal that would end the lockout and allow the regular season to start on time.

Nearly three months after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced a lockout due to the expiration of the old collective bargaining agreement, the two sides found themselves facing a league-imposed deadline to reach a deal. MLB insisted regular-season games would be canceled if a new CBA wasn’t agreed to by the end of Monday (Feb. 28).

Major League Baseball Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem, left, and Commissioner Rob Manfred, right, walk after negotiations with the players association in an attempt to reach an agreement to salvage March 31 openers and a 162-game season, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (The Associated Press 2022)

Technically, that deadline passed at midnight. But the talks didn’t end there. In fact, the 12th meeting between the two sides since this session began at 10 a.m. Monday lasted 40 minutes and ended around 1:50 a.m. Tuesday.

After meeting No. 13 at 2:10 a.m., the two sides called it a night, but reportedly agreed to extend the league’s deadline to 5 p.m. If a deal can be reached by then, the season could start on time.

It took more than 40 days into the lockout for negotiations to begin, even though MLB’s justification for imposing it was to speed up the process. Then, for several weeks, the owners and players met only sporadically, often with several days in between.

Manfred said during a press conference earlier this month that players would need at least three -- but ideally four -- weeks of spring training to prepare for the regular season. As a result, owners warned they were willing to cancel up to a month’s worth of games, if necessary, to reach a deal to their liking.

Players and owners are expected to resume negotiations Tuesday morning in hopes of building on this progress and reaching a deal, according to reports.


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