Of course, just a few days ago, Manfred claimed he was "100%" positive the league WOULD play games this season, despite the extended COVID-19 layoff and the constant bickering over cash between owners and players.
Some believe that Manfred is doing all of this pandering as a stall tactic so that the owners can get the 48- or 50-game season that they want, which would likely lead to the grievance being filed by the MLBPA.
There are six owners who don't want a season, according to SNY, and The Athletic reported that it could be as many as eight or more.
"Unfortunately, over the weekend, while Tony Clark was declaring his desire to get back to work", Manfred told ESPN on Monday, "[Meyer] was out telling reporters, players and eventually getting back to owners that as soon as we issued a schedule - as they requested - they meant to file a grievance claiming they were entitled to an additional billion dollars. "Unfortunately, I can't tell you that I'm 100 percent certain that's going to happen".
"It's just a disaster for our game, absolutely no question about it", said Manfred.
National Basketball Association players union director surprised over proposed 2020-21 start date
According to Charania, the Portland Trail Blazers were the only team to vote against the commissioner's proposal. The NBA is set to resume its season from the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
Tony Clark and Rob Manfred reportedly met up in Arizona today at the request of the commissioner.
Manfred told ESPN on Monday he now is "not confident" a season will be played, citing union intransigence.
"Any implication that the Players Association has somehow delayed progress on health and safety protocols is completely false, as Rob has recently acknowledged the parties are 'very, very close.' This latest threat is just one more indication that Major League Baseball has been negotiating in bad faith since the beginning".
The players have held firm to their demand for full, prorated shares of their 2020 salaries, based on the number of games played - which they negotiated in March.
Players previously offered two proposals, holding their position that no additional pay cuts were acceptable beyond the prorated salaries for 2020 that they had agreed to on March 26. After Rob Manfred came out and said that he was not sure an Major League Baseball season would happen, we finally get some good news. That agreement called for players to get $170 million in salary advances and a guarantee of service time credit if no games are played this year.