MLB made its financial pitch to the Players Association on Tuesday. The key question when it comes to restarting a season is, how does the union take that pitch?
According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, the MLBPA is "very disappointed" with MLB's economic proposal today. MLB’s plan, as first reported by USA Today, was to have a sliding scale, so that those who make the least in 2020 would receive the most and those who have the richest contracts would receive a smaller fraction of their salaries.
The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.
They first reached an agreement early on in the pandemic, but that was based on fans being able to attend games. The lack of fans will cost the sport a huge chunk of its revenue, so the owners are looking to make adjustments and have players take less money so that the losses are more evenly shared between them and the players.
The two sides should be motivated to get a deal done, and we expect they will. MLB would like to have a shortened season start in July, so they would have to reach a deal soon to meet their desired timeline.
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