Conflict could break out between MLB and referees – The Athletic

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Major League Baseball is already facing a potential battle with players if it tries to further cut their wages in a season that begins without fans. An economic conflict between the league and its referees could also prepare. The referees met during a Zoom call for nearly eight hours Wednesday evening to discuss the “best and final” offer of baseball for a 2020 season which will be shortened or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The arbitrators’ union voted on Thursday to send the league a “waiting letter” – an offer to save time by not filing a lawsuit against the league, which was to hold its wages in May, a source said. ‘umps. The next step for the referees is to vote on the proposal, which may not happen quickly with the sport on break.

The proposal, a copy of which was obtained by The Athletic, includes salary reductions for the regular season and the post-season of the referees as well as their daily allowance. The umps are separated…



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