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    Unions will be holding things up. What a surprise. You'd think they would have learned from their 1994-1995 antics.

    I hope this leads to a reckoning of sorts. Athletes (and actors) make too much money. The services they provide are not a good deal for the fans.

    The basic outline involves playing roughly 80 games—about half as many as usual—beginning in early July, following a second spring training in June. Games would be held without fans in as many MLB stadiums as allowed by local governments. Other teams would relocate, perhaps to their spring training facilities in Arizona or Florida. For example, anybody entering Canada is currently subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, making the Toronto Blue Jays a candidate to find a new home, at least at first.

    To reduce travel, the schedule would be regionalized, with teams exclusively facing opponents from their own geographic area. That would mean, for instance, the Los Angeles Dodgers playing games against not only their traditional National League West rivals, but also American League West teams like the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners. Additionally, the playoffs would expand from 10 participants to as many as 14 as a way to help offset MLB’s reduced revenues. Rosters could also be expanded.

    For any of this to proceed, two giant hurdles need to be cleared. First, the league will have to assure the union it has the capability to administer frequent coronavirus screening—how frequent is still unclear—without taking testing capabilities away from front-line workers and more essential sectors of the economy. Second, there must be a protocol for what happens if someone contracts Covid-19–ideally without shutting down the entire league.

    Then there are the financial considerations. The league is expected to ask the players to take a further pay cut as a result of playing in empty ballparks, meaning teams will receive no revenue from ticket sales, parking and concessions. The two sides previously reached a deal in March in which the players agreed to prorate their salaries, but MLB says that only applied to games with fans, and anything else requires further negotiation.


    The salary issue will almost certainly lead to a fight. MLB says it isn’t economically viable to play in empty stadiums while still paying players their full rates. The union believes that TV revenues, extra postseason games and the reduced expenses from playing without fans will help cover the losses. At the moment, neither side seems prepared to budge.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/mlb-tak...20-11589115602


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    Yep, in 1994 they complained about salaries and here we go again. Shut it down, abolish the union. Most just want to be out there playing for love of the game.

    The real fight will have little to do with anything that happens on the field. MLB will ask players to accept a 50/50 split of revenues this season—a complete, albeit temporary, reshaping of the sport’s longstanding economic foundation.

    The players believe that a revenue split is tantamount to a salary cap, something the union has long rejected—and went on strike to fight against in 1994. They argue that consenting to one now, even in an unprecedented situation, sets a dangerous precedent before what was already expected to be a ferocious negotiation to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement in 2021. As a result, union officials consider a revenue split, which is similar to the financial models of the NFL, NBA and NHL, to be a nonstarter.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-mon...=hp_lead_pos12

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