(Las Vegas Review-Journal) Ed Graney• The Las Vegas Review-Journal W hen it comes to collective bargaining in pro sports, fair play doesn’t apply. What matters most is leverage. Las Vegas might learn firsthand in 2020 how such a tug of war affects the world of major league professional sports, as the city is set to house an NFL franchise in the Raiders along with its NHL team in the Golden Knights With such truth comes this reality: Fans across Southern Nevada might soon confront the possibility of local teams being embroiled in labor standoffs. Both football and hockey have daunting tasks ahead to reach common ground and avoid work stoppages. The NFL is on a more inflexible route; its collective bargaining agreement expires following the 2020 season. The current NHL deal expires after the 2021–22 season, but both the league and players can opt out at different points next month. Baseball’s deal is up in 2021, and there is a growing sentiment that what has been 25 years of labor peace might soon end. Things are less immediately challenging in the NBA. The current CBA runs through the 2023-24 season, though either side can opt out a year earlier. It… Read full this story
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