There is no crying in baseball...............

Real Estate Agent with Arizona Elite Properties SA545073000

But there are a lot of upset fans. 


What is the MLB lockout about?

Perhaps the biggest sticking point is the league's Competitive Balance Tax, which levies fines on teams whose payrolls exceed a pre-determined figure. That number was $210 million in 2021, with only the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres paying the tax. 

Players argue that the luxury tax serves as a soft salary cap, thereby stifling wages and discouraging teams from spending money to be competitive. 

The players asked the CBT be $238 million in 2022, increasing to $263 million by the end of the five-year CBA. The owners' final offer before Tuesday's deadline had the 2022 threshold at $220 million – and staying there for three years – ultimately rising to $230 million by 2026.


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Comments (19)

Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

The fans are truly the ones getting the shaft by these millionaires and billionaires continuing to squabble ! 😡

Mar 03, 2022 03:10 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bill - I agree with Buzz. The fans are the ones taking it on the chin.

Mar 03, 2022 03:55 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Greed!!! That's the only thing that comes to my mind. Baseball lost it shirt when they went on a strice a few years ago, this might be a final straw in their survival. Its the fans that pay their salaries and profits and they shouldm't forget it.

Mar 03, 2022 03:59 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Yes, the fans are the biggest losers Bill, but they will stick by their teams even with all the negotiations going on.

Mar 03, 2022 04:12 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. I have a friend who is an avid baseball fan. He is about to start crying in his beer if the dispute is not resolved soon. Enjoy your day.

Mar 03, 2022 04:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello Bill... I can't say I've been following this issue as I've pretty much stopped following all professional sports for a myriad of reasons. As many others have already said in their comments, at the end of the day it's the public and the fans who pay for all of this... and that's one reason I don't follow professional sports.

Mar 03, 2022 04:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What's baseball?

Haha, kidding of course.

Mar 03, 2022 04:59 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That tax cap is the only restriction from the big money teams getting the cream of the crop and the small market teams getting the rest.  There would be little competitiveness is that were to happen.

Mar 03, 2022 05:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Bill.

I hope you are having a productive week.

Mar 03, 2022 05:21 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The money certainly gets in the way of an enjoyable sport to watch, haha.  I wonder if there will even be a season this year.

Mar 03, 2022 05:40 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

We just need a good old fashioned street ball game to have a reality check.  Back to the basics y'all.

Mar 03, 2022 06:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill - I may consider knowing that there is disruption occurring in the upcoming baseball season as a major win in my personal limited knowledge of sports.  It's often the case, that there is a story beyond the story being told.  

Mar 03, 2022 06:31 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We do not follow baseball at all except  the World Series.  And, like everyone else has stated, the fans suffer.  A

Mar 03, 2022 06:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bill- when baseball went on strike many years ago - we had mini-season tickets to the Astros- we opted for a refund and never went again. In 2020 we turned out all pro-sports games because they were focusing less on the sport and more on social issues. We just started watching MLB last year and enjoyed it. Now this!  

Mar 03, 2022 05:45 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I don't keep up with baseball although I do like to watch the World Series. Like everyone else said, the fans are the ones who will pay. I've also wondered how the players are staying in top form during these lockouts.

Mar 06, 2022 05:34 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Let there be BASEBALL! Although it would be nice if the Diamondbacks could muster a competitive group. Maybe some of the prospects will shine! 

Mar 28, 2022 08:52 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Some of the details can be a little confusing but you really make it easy to understand overall. Thanks for posting

May 07, 2022 09:01 PM
Harry Flow

Recently, I started getting into baseball because it turned out to be quite interesting. I've always been more into basketball, and I even place bets on a few times. I hope that watching baseball games will be just as thrilling for me, and I have high hopes for it.

Jun 19, 2022 05:42 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Baseball is my favorite sport.  I hope this year's spring training goes smoothly. Can't wait to have the Orioles to watch again! 

Feb 04, 2023 07:59 PM