There comes a point when throwing in the towel and cancelling something is inevitable. That’s the feeling I’m getting when it comes to if and when Major League Baseball ever starts its 2020 season.
The owners and player’s union can’t seem to agree if the grass is green or if the sky is blue. Recently, the players put forth a 114 game proposal while the owners countered with a 50 game schedule.
Now the owners are offering up a 76 game schedule with players getting 75% of their prorated salaries. In this scenario, the players would earn 35% of their yearly salary. For example, a player earning $2 million per year would get $700,000 for playing nearly half of the normal 162 game schedule.
If the post-season gets cancelled due to the reoccurrence of the Coronavirus, the players would get 50% of their prorated salary. With that plan, that same player would be paid only 24% of their prorated salary, which amounts to $480,000.
What the owners are doing is giving the players the same deal just in a different language. The owners are taking the $1.7 billion national TV deals, which are only guaranteed if their is a post-season, and using that money to cover payroll.
With no fans in the stands, teams will lose a massive amount of revenue in lost ticket sales. However, teams will continue to collect on lucrative local cable deals. The Red Sox will still gross approximately $125 – $150 million through their 80% ownership of NESN.
It appears to me that the owners are ready, willing, and able to blow up the sport and try to destroy the player’s union. The players aren’t giving in.
What we have here, is a failure to communicate.
Baseball could have already been back, instead, both sides are bickering over money. The NBA and NHL will return next month. College Football and the NFL are around the corner.
Meanwhile, MLB owners are asking players the question of what weighs more, a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers?
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