John Henry and FSG face big deal as Liverpool title race matches are compared
Here’s your Liverpool morning recap for Friday 3rd December.
John Henry faces FSG crisis talks
John Henry and Fenway Sports Group have a headache across the Atlantic, writes Dave Powell.
In addition to owning Liverpool, the Boston Red Sox baseball team is also an important part of The FSG’s sports empire, and an extremely valuable one at that.
But a stalemate has been reached with Major League Baseball, teams and the players’ union questioning the MLB 2022 campaign and when it could begin.
For the first time in 26 years, the MLB faces a lockout after a labor dispute resulting from the end of the last collective agreement on Wednesday night.
The CBA is there to defend the interests of the players and ratify things ranging from meal allowances and travel protocols to salary caps and how the team’s income is shared.
Since the first CBA was introduced in Major League Baseball in 1968, there have been eight cases of labor disputes, some involving a strike that actually wiped out an entire postseason streak.
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Henry, as a member of the MLB Labor Policy Committee, played a key role in talks at a Dallas hotel yesterday with the Players Union, where other MLB team owners were in attendance, which continued late into the night, and with the team owners and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association still far from reaching a deal, the streak to avoid a work stoppage is over.
The problem is that the players, members of the MLBPA, want to get a bigger share of the revenue that the MLB has been making since the last collective agreement.
MLB revenues, not counting the 2020 season severely affected by COVID-19, have grown from just over $ 9 billion in 2016 to $ 10.4 billion in 2019, which is expected to continue to rise. after sport is completely out of chaos. caused by the pandemic.
The competitive equilibrium tax (CBT) that exists in baseball has not kept up with the increase in income, the CBT, although used to try to maintain the competitiveness between the teams in the league, having also helped the teams to reduce their salary costs.
The ACA expired on December 1 and there is now the threat that the start of spring training, or even the start of the 2022 campaign, will be delayed after owners decide to try to speed up the process by forcing off-season work stoppage to in order to give them the best chance of returning to normal service in time for the new season, thus limiting any impact on income.
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Liverpool’s upcoming matches against title rivals
Liverpool have been in good form since returning from the international break and have won their last three Premier League games.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are just two points behind Chelsea atop the Premier League as the busy Christmas season begins.
The Reds’ 4-1 pounding against Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday will fill them with confidence to face the Christmas season with Wolves.
Here we examine that of Liverpool six next games in what will certainly be a difficult start to the festive period.
Wolves at Molineux
The busy Christmas season is now resuming and wolves expect the Reds just three days after the Merseyside Derby.
Wolves’ new era under Bruno Lage has been a mixed fortune, as expected, but they are currently in eighth place having won three of their last five matches.
Ancient wolf man Diogo Jota scored the only goal of that game in March as the Reds climbed to sixth place with the win.
AC Milan at San Siro
Liverpool’s last group game in the Champions League comes to history San Siro because it will be the last time the Reds will play in the famous old stadium.
In the opening game of the Champions League group stage, Liverpool and AC Milan played a fantastic game where the Reds came away with all the points in a 3-2 win at Anfield.
Klopp may give some youngsters the chance to play in this match as nothing will be on horseback for Liverpool and could provide a vital experience.
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