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MLB lockout: MLB, MLBPA agree on new CBA

More than three months after the MLB lockout began on Dec. 2, it finally came to an end on Thursday.

How did we get here? Why did it take so long? Here’s a look back at the key moments in the negotiations between the owners and players on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is a labor dispute as it relates to the business of sports?
  2. What is the difference between a strike and a lockout?
  3. Why did MLB owners lockout its players?
  4. What is a negotiation?
  5. How might negotiation skills benefit someone looking to potentially pursue a career in sports?
  6. What is leadership?
  7. Why is leadership important in sports during a labor dispute?
  8. Why was it important for MLB to resolve the dispute as soon as possible?
  9. What is fandom?
  10. How do you think baseball fans view the labor dispute? How does this relate to the concept of fandom?
  11. Do you think fan frustration might impact the league this season? Why or why not?
  12. Do you think there could be any long lasting implications for the league as a result of the lockout? Why or why not?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.


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