If you peel back the curtain of professional baseball, there’s a labor battle between players and owners that has been raging for more than a century. And in recent years, fans have started to side more with the players.
Michael Arria is the US correspondent for Mondoweiss.
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There’s a new commissioner, but professional basketball is just as exploitative as ever.