At least one sports league won't be going on strike anytime soon. Major League Baseball is close on agreeing to a new labor deal.
The new labor deal will pave the way to having two 15 team leagues and expanding the playoff field from eight to ten teams. Also, coming in the near future is year round interleague play.
Changes in free agency will be made, too. They have agreed on changing the draft pick compensation system for teams that lose free agents. The current system classifies certain free agents as "Type A", which means you give up a first round pick, as long as their last team offered them arbitration. The new system would change it so only a few players would receive "Type A" status.
Changes will also be made to the draft and the "Competitive Balance Tax", but details are still murky on some changes.
Some changes will take effect as soon as the deal is reached and some need to wait until 2012.
The potential, and likely, agreement would mark the first time the Major League Players Association would play without a strike for two full decades. The MLBPA was formed in the 1953.