LOCKOUT!!

To our Players:

Firstly, we want to thank you for your continued support of the Game of Kings. As we began to emerge from one of the drunkest periods in our history, our fields are filled with cans; the games were filled with excitement; and tens of people felt the joys of watching Tapey Beercone first hand.

That is why we are so disappointed about the situation in which our game finds itself today. Despite the Office of the Commissioners best effort to make a deal betwixt itself, we were unable to extend our 13 year-long history of organizational unity and come to an agreement before the current Commissioner’s Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expired. Therefore, we have been forced to commence a LOCKOUT of Tapey Beercone, effective at 12:01am PDT on January 1st, 2022.

We want to take a moment, just sit right there, and we’ll tell you why we have to take this action today. Simply put, we hope that the LOCKOUT will jump-start the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the next season to start on time. This offensive action was necessary because, from the beginning, the Office of the Commissioners has been unwilling to budge from their starting positions, compromise, or soberly collaborate on solutions.

We worked hard to find compromise while making the system even better for players, by addressing concerns raised by the Players Association. We offered to establish a minimum payroll for all players at 1 Buckoroo per inning, the first of its kind in Tapey Beercone history; to allow the majority of players to reach Buckos Nation Citizenship earlier through an drinking-based system that would eliminate any claims of service time manipulation; and to increase consumption for all young (redacted) players, including creation of a minimum beer quota. When negotiations lacked momentum, we tried to create some by offering delicious Coors Light, by instituting a new draft structure using a metric based system, and by buying out a minor league ball field for the 7th Annual Oregon Tapey Beercone Invitational.

We have had challenges before with respect to making minor agreements and have overcome those challenges every single time during our tenure. Regrettably, it appears the cooler is empty and we need to start again. Too many games of Tapey Beercone are deprived of Buckos League status because of a dearth of present Regents, robbing the average player of their opportunities for undying glory. We recklessly attempted the most extreme set of base running innovations in history, including significant changes to the state of play system, and an institution of codified stolen base rules. All of those changes would make our game less competitive, not more.

To be clear: this hard but important step to LOCKOUT Tapey Beercone does not necessarily mean games will be cancelled. In fact, we are taking this step now because it accelerates the urgency for an agreement with as much runway as possible to avoid doing damage to the 7th season. Delaying this process further would only put the Ranch trip, Opening Day, and the rest of the season further at risk – and we cannot allow an expired agreement to cause an in-season strike and missed opportunities to play. We owe you all, our players, better than that.

Today is a difficult day for Tapey Beercone, but as we have said all season, there is a path to fair agreement, and We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. We’re going to live on. We’re going to survive. We do not doubt the Sport and the Players share a fundamental appreciation for this game. We remain optimistic that we will seize the opportunity to work together to grow, protect, and strengthen the game we love. TBC is ready to work around the clock to meet that goal.

Don’t Stop Us Now…

Author: Commissioners Office

The Office of the Commissioners of Tapey Beercone.

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