Tobacco Ban Among Changes in Baseball Labor Deal

Posted: 12/6/2016

Baseball players and owners reached a tentative agreement on a five-year labor contract Wednesday night, a deal that will extend the sport's industrial peace to 26 years since the ruinous fights in the first two decades of free agency.

After days of near round-the-clock talks, negotiators reached a verbal agreement about 3 1/2 hours before the expiration of the current pact. Then they worked to draft a memorandum of understanding, which must be ratified by both sides.

Among other details, smokeless tobacco will be banned for all players who currently do not have at least one day of major league service.

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