Podcast: Ian Happ on MLB's upcoming labor negotiations originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The 2021 season is underway and baseball is back, but for how long? The players have been noticeably unhappy during recent labor negotiations, so what happens after 2021 — the final season of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement?
Gordon Wittenmyer sat down with the Cubs' player rep Ian Happ as they break down issues that need to be resolved between the players and owners. David Kaplan, Maddie Lee and Gordon discuss the interview and what they think will happen at the conclusion of the season.
(1:25) - Cubs Talk crew on Ian Happ's role as player rep for the Cubs
(8:08) - Are the players at fault for signing the current agreement that could lead to a work stoppage?
(14:10) - Is a reverse luxury tax an option that could be agreed upon by the players and owners?
(20:16) - Ian Happ interview on the CBA and if the players and owners can work out a long-term deal
(26:44) - The Cubs talk crew reacts to Happ's thoughts on a potential work stoppage