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CLEVELAND -- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful an agreement on a new labor contract will be reached before the current deal expires Dec. 1.Negotiators for management and the players association have been meeting in New York this week. The 2006 contract was announced during the World Series and the 2011 agreement on Nov. 22.There are certain natural deadlines that kind of flow around the end of the World Series and then through the expiration date of the agreement, Manfred said Wednesday before Game 2 between the?Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. Each of the last couple of times, weve either gotten it done during the World Series or a few days afterwards. I remain optimistic that were going to be in that same window in terms of getting it done.Primary issues include luxury tax thresholds, managements desire for a draft of international amateur players, changes in schedule rules to ease travel and international play, such as regular-season games in London. Baseball has not had a work stoppage since the 1994-95 strike that led to the cancellation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.Manfred was managements primary negotiator for the past three labor deals, then he succeeded Bud Selig as commissioner in January 2015. Former All-Star first baseman Tony Clark is leading players in talks for the first time; he took over as union head following the death of Michael Weiner in November 2013.Manfred said that whether an agreement is reached during this years Series depends on how long the World Series goes.On other topics:RatingsClevelands 6-0 win over Chicago?on Tuesday night drew the highest rating on Fox for a Series opener since 2009. Viewers are intrigued by the Cubs quest for their first title since 1908; the Indians have not won since 1948.An average of 19.4 million viewers watched on Fox, up 30 percent from the 14.9 million average for the?Kansas City Royals 14-inning Game 1 win over the New York Mets last season.We define our postseason challenge as finding narratives that takes our tremendous seasonlong, local audiences and draws them into the postseason, even if their team is not there in the postseason, Manfred said. I think that the narrative surrounding 68 years in Cleveland and 108 years in Chicago is exactly the recipe that we need to take that tremendous local fan interest that goes on all season long and draws it into the postseason. And the rating last night was a first indication that that narrative is going to be powerful.Olympics/World Baseball ClassicIt is imperative that our sport continue to develop a broader international footprint, Manfred said. It is the way that the media landscape is going to evolve; attracting international audiences is going to be absolutely crucial. I think its an area where we need to continue to focus. Our players need to be prepared to go to different countries and play, because I think its crucial to building the popularity of the game in other countries.The next World Baseball Classic is scheduled for March.Given the difficulties associated with playing major league players in the Olympics, I think its important for baseball to continue to have a premier international event. We need to work hard to make sure that the WBC is that event, he said.Indians logoManfred plans to meet with Indians owner Paul Dolan following the Series to discuss the teams continued use of the controversial Chief Wahoo logo. The smiling, red-faced symbol has stirred strong opinions for years. Manfred said he understands that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why.Manfred also appreciated the segment of fans who are attached to Chief Wahoo, which still appears on some of the Indians caps and sleeves of game jerseys.The Indians dropped Chief Wahoo as their primary logo three years ago, replacing it with a block C, but that isnt enough for some groups who want it abolished completely.Manfred said he and Dolan agreed to put off discussion until after the Series.Oakland and Tampa ballparksI think both Tampa and Oakland are major league markets, and we need major league-quality facilities in those two markets, Manfred said.The St. Petersburg City Council voted in January to give the?Rays?permission to search for new ballpark sites on both sides of Tampa Bay. 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I won it two years ago and last year I made it through to the semi-finals and Im ready for this year.Its a big game between me and Phil, but there are all big games in the Premier League now. If youre playing Gary [Anderson], Michael [Van Gerwen], Phil, James [Wade] or Michael Smith - it doesnt matter anymore.Every week you have to prepare yourself right and do the best you can do. Every week there are all finals now - there are no easy matches anymore. Van Barneveld reached the semi-finals at the World Darts Championship I had three weeks off after the World Championship so Im preparing myself now.I always give myself two targets every year - do well in the Premier League and in the World Championship. During the rest of the season hope to do well and try to lift some trophies, especially in the majors.There are a lot of quality players among us at the moment, so its not really easy anymore. Van Barneveld won the Premier League title in 2014 Im saying [its the hardest Premier League] every year because its getting better and better. Its not about the averages anymore, the averages are not important, the wins are.Van Barneveld is prepared for The Power and will be looking to continue his recent upsurge in form against him having won three out of their last five meetings since last years World Championship semi-final defeat.Why not sstart with the best of all time, he said.dddddddddddd Last year I felt a lot of pressure on my shoulders because I was the holder and I lost 7-1 to Adrian [Lewis], so hopefully I will do better against Phil. The biggest names in darts are preparing ahead of this seasons Premier League. Are you ready? If you look better in the last three or four games me and Phil played, I beat him, so that says enough about my quality in the Premier League for the last two or three years.The averages are going up and the level is brilliant. If you see these young kids and how easily they hit the boards with trebles and doubles, its simply amazing.You have to beat them every week otherwise you wont win any great tournaments again.You can watch the opening night live on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm on Thursday, or watch without a contract on NOW TV.We will be building up to the coverage this week on our live blog here and the Sky Sports app will keep you up to date with all the action. Also See: Mardles opening night PL picks Sky Live: Premier League Darts Mardles PL predictions On Sky TV Darts betting Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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