The NBA and Players Union will meet on Friday and re-open collective bargaining negotiations. This is a step in the right direction and hopefully the two sides can reach an agreement that will save the 2011 season. In the midst of the NBA negotiations, Major League Baseball Owners and MLB Players Union (MLBPA) have quietly reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that was set to expire on December 11, 2011.
Key points on the new labor deal are as follows:
• Postseason play will expand to include a second Wild Card club in each league beginning no later than the 2013 season. The two Wild Card teams in each league will play a one-game playoff for the right to advance to the Division Series.
• The Astros will move to the American League West in 2013, giving both leagues 15 teams and resulting in expanded Interleague Play. Interleague games will be scheduled all season long, as opposed to during specific periods.
• Teams will be allowed to expand their rosters to 26 players for designated regular or split doubleheaders.