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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Baseball Players vs Owners playing 2020 season

NBA, NHL, MLS, AEW, WWE, probably the NBA have all worked out ways to bring sports (sports entertainment) back to the fans during this pandemic. Funny enough the players and owners of  the MLB can’t get out of their own way and bring baseball back. Honestly at this point, even though I love baseball, I feel like I don’t care if it comes back or not in 2020z

From the NY Post.

There will be more fights, naturally. There might not be much living for baseball, though, if the players and owners can’t find sufficient common ground in the next week or so to restart this pandemic-delayed campaign. And this sliding-scale concept, proposed by MLB to the players association on Tuesday, generated about as much excitement on the players’ side as did the “No postgame showers” suggestion.
As veteran pitcher Brett Anderson of the Brewers tweeted, “Interesting strategy of making the best most marketable players potentially look like the bad guys.”
Of course the players view this as a divisive tactic. How couldn’t they? Suddenly Gerrit Cole and his fellow baseball one-percenters find themselves with the dilemma of being either magnanimous or selfish? Yuck.
Don’t bother summoning setups that might seem comparable on the surface. The collectively bargained revenue-sharing rules, by which the big-market entity Yankees must write a check to the small-market Rays and so on, are founded on the principle of competitive balance. This idea emanates from the principal that the clubs want to save. When teams deploy sliding scales on their own employees, as the Mets recently did to control costs during the shutdown, they can do so unchecked. Whereas for teams to proffer that to a union, to instruct it how to divvy up its share of the kitty, feels patronizing.
Read more here.

Anyone else feel this way?

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