I’ll take any bit of optimism I can get right now that a fair and appropriate economic deal can come together between the owners and the players, so I want to share this bit from Jon Heyman.
It could be nothing more than conjecture, but it’s worth a reminder that the league reportedly put together its economic proposal yesterday (and will present it to the players on Tuesday). So if Heyman is saying this now, it’s *possible* he’s heard a little something about what’s in the proposal:
Belief is, both sides will compromise, MLB from the 50-50 revenue sharing split idea they like and players union from prorated pay for players over 82 games. Many still see a gap, but reason for optimism is understanding on both sides what cancellation of season would do to sport
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 23, 2020
A pure 50/50 revenue share does not seem fair to the players, given the risks they’d be assuming on both the health and financial side, but I do understand why the owners are going to want the players to come off the request for full prorated salaries given what is happening to revenue.
I will just keep hoping that the sides can land on a good, fair deal that takes care of the players, and sets the sport up to be in a better place next year (when deeper CBA negotiations are going to have to take place). Losing this season because of money (as opposed to the virus) would be catastrophic.
UPDATE: More indication that the sides may be softening their harsh public stances:
From Our @ChuckGarfien: Major League Baseball and the players' union are prepared to amend, if slightly, their previously reported stances in their ongoing financial dispute in an effort to come together and open the door to a shortened 2020 season https://t.co/2bA0Dmqe6t
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) May 23, 2020