If and when baseball’s owners and players resolve their labor issues and open a 2020 season, their contentious relationship is expected to remain intact. The collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021 season, and baseball could be heading toward a labor shutdown, according to Bill Gould, professor emeritus at Stanford Law School who helped end the 1994-95 players’ strike. “One thing that’s lurking in the background in terms of 2021 is the owners in many of the sports have found the lockout has been a very effective weapon for them,” Gould said. “In basketball, football and hockey, what the owners have done is, when they’ve been unable to resolve their differences with the union, lock out the players at the beginning of the year when the owners can afford to take the economic punishment more easily.” Gould, appearing on The Chronicle’s Giants Splash podcast, suggested a baseball lockout could cut into the start of the 2022 season. “I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this wasn’t what the baseball owners have up their sleeve,” Gould said, “and I think the union is busily at work figuring how it can counter this. The recent experiences and lessons we have from… Read full this story
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