Here's another subtle change to baseball's collective bargaining agreement that will have a significant effect on the way the Washington Nationals do business:
As part of the sport's new labor agreement, teams from the 15 largest markets in the country will no longer be allowed to receive money through MLB's revenue sharing program.
Which means the Nationals (who do come from a large market) will be losing out on funds coming their way from other clubs, beginning no later than 2016.
In the past, revenue sharing dispersal wasn't based on market size, but rather payroll size. So the Nationals, despite playing in the eighth-largest metropolitan area in the United States (according to the 2010 Census), have been on the receiving end of revenue sharing because their payrolls have consistently ranked in the bottom half of the league.
That's going to change in the future.
According to the rules of the new CBA, teams from the 15 largest markets will now be "disqualified from receiving revenue sharing by 2016." The revenue sharing funds that would have been distributed to those disqualified franchises will be refunded to the franchises that are paying out the funds.
In other words, there's no excuse anymore for the Nationals to field a club with a payroll in the bottom half of baseball.