Team owners in Major League Baseball have reportedly made their long-anticipated initial proposal to the MLB Players Association about what the players could make during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Working from what details have come out from sources, we look at the key takeaways from what we’re hearing about the proposal so far.
What would make a sliding scale be more appealing to players than a revenue split?
For one, it protects them against a shutdown due to a second wave of the coronavirus, perhaps during the playoffs, when television revenues are highest. Plus, the lower-paid players wouldn’t feel the further hit on their salary as much, thanks to the sliding scale. Already, one lesser paid player thought he’d lose only about $100,000-$150,000 compared to the uncertainty of sharing revenues.
Why would MLB’s highest-paid players be willing to agree to a deal that costs them more than others?
There’s a good chance they won’t, but if they did, it would be because a player who was going to make $20 million would still make about $6.5 million this season while the lower-paid players are also protected. But this offer has a real chance to divide players unless a…