The Major League Baseball lockout has begun, and there already some changes happening. For one MLB’s website looks a lot different than it did yesterday.
Here’s the explanation via MLB.
Via MLB Website:
“You may notice that the content on this site looks a little different than usual. The reason for this is because the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and the league expired just before midnight on Dec. 1 and a new CBA is currently being negotiated between the owners and the MLBPA.
Until a new agreement is reached, there will be limitations on the type of content we display. As a result, you will see a lot more content that focuses on the game’s rich history. Once a new agreement is reached, the up-to-the minute news and analysis you have come to expect will continue as usual.”
Let’s take look at all the reactions after the MLB lockout changed the site:
— No-O’s? (@ashtonblane) December 2, 2021
I know this is because they can’t use players likeness without a deal but pretty hilarious they had to prep to remove all players images from mlb. com pic.twitter.com/aPmiNyFTbd
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) December 2, 2021
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) December 2, 2021
Oh this is a trip. Promo items based on current players no longer have names attached.
For example, the giveaway on April 9 was originally Adam Wainwright/Yadier Molina mystery jerseys. Now, get ready for “adult Cardinals battery” mystery jerseys https://t.co/vWp08kqRtQ pic.twitter.com/iqI516k56T
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) December 2, 2021
MLB really went all out on the site changes to avoid any mention of active players.
Who could it be??? pic.twitter.com/CzzT5HsCTO
— Dan Treacy (@DanTreacyASN) December 2, 2021
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) December 2, 2021
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) December 2, 2021
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— Nick Parco (@nick_parco) December 2, 2021
— Steve Buchanan (@SBuchanan24) December 2, 2021
— Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) December 2, 2021
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) December 2, 2021
In solidarity with https://t.co/VXhyklLZ1s, I have decided I am also not writing about tonight's news.
Kidding. My projected bedtime is about 6 am. pic.twitter.com/6jXwudIboU
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 2, 2021
wow, mlb's website is wild right now pic.twitter.com/k7UXJlOez8
— Grant Brisbee (@GrantBrisbee) December 2, 2021
I am seeing many similar things on MLB teams’ websites in this lockout pic.twitter.com/o4VDbcFu0O
— Eduardo M. Gonzalez (@edmgonzalez) December 2, 2021
— Ian (@_Yanathan) December 2, 2021
Twins roster looks fine on the MLB website pic.twitter.com/2LPSN2JuE2
— Internet #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) December 2, 2021
MLB’s website looks eerie without any photos of current players pic.twitter.com/q46nxo9ukh
— Gershon Rabinowitz (@GershOnline) December 2, 2021
If you go to https://t.co/nGOXZKXcAg, there isn’t a single story about the Scherzer presser or any of their signings.
“I’m gonna lock you out, Mama said lock you out.”
— Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) December 2, 2021
MLB petty af on their site lol. pic.twitter.com/W0bbaOtKep
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) December 2, 2021
— Hunter the DFA HosmerKid™ (@theBeerkid69) December 2, 2021
MLB wiping the site at 12pm EST pic.twitter.com/xK4zacvOIy
— Jordan White, Aaron Ashby Truther (@BuntSingles) December 2, 2021
This is wild—you go to to any MLB team site (the Twins, for instance), and no active player photos show up (and stories about them are…gone). Managers and coaches appear just fine. pic.twitter.com/Nr7lTCEHAR
— Nᴏʀᴍᴀɴ Sᴇᴀᴡʀɪɢʜᴛ III (@SeawrightSays) December 2, 2021
Why is the MLB Website look so different?
Here’s your answer, in case it wasn’t clear from all the tweets above.
According to the league, in order to comply with federal labor law during the lockout, MLB is making every effort to not use players’ names, images or likenesses for promotional, advertising or other commercial purposes. https://t.co/4BU2ALf4sY
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 2, 2021
Well there you have it.