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MLB Season Start: More Anger But Should Not Be Insurmountable Impediment to an Agreement

Written by:
Dan Shapiro
Published on:
Jun/18/2020

The MLBPA submitted a counterproposal to Major League Baseball's offer for a 60-game schedule with an expanded post season.  The union wants 70 games.


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On Thursday, anger on both sides threatened to blow up the road to what should be an obvious resolution, writes Bill Shaikan of the LA Times.

The difference in salaries between 60 and 70 games is $250 million in an industry that made $10.7 billion in revenue in healthy times last season and projects to make $2.75 billion even in a coronavirus-delayed, fan-free season. That difference amounts to about $8.3 million per team, less than the Dodgers paid Matt Kemp not to play for them last year.

The split of postseason revenue still would be at issue. The idea of playing 70 games in 74 days probably would necessitate doubleheaders, a reduction in games, or both. A player at high risk for the coronavirus would be allowed to opt out this season and still get paid, but what about a player that lives with someone at high risk?

Those are serious matters for negotiation, but none should be an insurmountable impediment to an agreement. In the coming days, we’ll find out if the anger on both sides might be.

- Dan Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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