One improvement is that the process of striking for more pay has become a formalized part of the game. Usually it falls upon the refs to moderate the action, but in a good strike you'll get both teams and half the refs sitting down on the field, while the owners and the local political leaders get into the red-faced shouting with the coaches and the union managers.
In a really good strike the extremists in either camp will get called out by their teammates, and 'encouraged' to accept whatever compromise is currently leading the real-time fan polls. This encouragement can take many forms, but is typically similar to the encouragement offered to a baseball to get it from just over the plate to a point somewhere left of center.
The fun just never stops at the ball-park. Bring your kids, your lucky glove, and money for some of that sticky biomass they're trying to pass off as caramel kettle-corn.