Major League Baseball (MLB) should be enjoying the fruits of an above average 2011 post-season performance, which will be crucial to the impending expiration of its Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on December 31, 2011.
Additionally, TV broadcasters and their advertisers are keen on seeing the length of both 2011 League Championship Series and now the current World Series to extend as deep into October as possible.
And could it be that MLB commissioner, Bud Selig, et al., lucked out this year with back-to-back appearances by the Texas Rangers in the 2010 and the 2011 World Series facing the St. Louis Cardinals, thought to be done for the season back in August?
But because it is more about the money game in MLB, albeit also the case for the other professional sports, there is but a prevailing defiance by MLB, which pokes out its ugly head every now and again from within its realms.
No stranger to pettiness and a cloak-and-dagger management style, MLB beholds the kind of high-handedness once only reserved for certain factions of government and within the corporate world.
At a time, during this post-season, when MLB should be building its fan base, especially in light of another impending CBA negotiation, which sports fans have otherwise had a belly full of this year, MLB remains tone deaf.
To wit, lost amongst the more sensational sports headlines these past few weeks, is but another day in court sought by MLB, giving new meaning to the term arrogance.
In New York State Supreme Court on October 7, 2011, MLB filed a claim against Beazley Insurance Co., Inc. d/b/a Beazley Co., one of six of its insurers that MLB believes could have leaked financial data to Deadspin.com which was published in August 2010, and an Associated Press (AP) story also written at that time.