The next season will begin right after this one ends, then?
MLB owners sending latest plan to MLBPA that includes sliding pay scale for players
PHOENIX — Major League Baseball dropped a revenue-sharing plan, and instead introduced a sliding scale of compensation to the Major League Baseball Players Association on Tuesday afternoon, the first time the two sides have formally discussed economic issues in an attempt to open the pandemic-shortened season by the July 4th weekend.
The plan, three people with knowledge of the proposal told USA TODAY Sports, proposes to pay players a prorated percentage of their salaries, with the players who make the most taking the biggest salary cuts. The three people spoke only on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing.
Younger players who make the least amount of money would receive most of their guaranteed prorated salaries. The proposal also includes a sliding scale of compensation that guarantees players a percentage of their salaries at different intervals of the season, through the postseason.
Owners are concerned the postseason, when they stand to make generate the most revenue on TV rights fees, could be wiped out if the country is hit by a second wave of the coronavirus in October or November.
The players agreed on March 26 to be paid on a prorated basis, but owners are seeking a new deal with revenues expected to fall significantly short as result of the 82-game season and postseason likely to be played without fans in the stands. Players would receive pay cuts of more than 50%, and perhaps as much as 75% for the game's top-paid players.
The union views the pay cuts as being massive, and the initial reaction was not positive.
“Interesting strategy of making the best most marketable player potentially look like the bad guys," Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brett Anderson tweeted.
MLB did adhere to the union’s request of dropping its proposed 50-50 revenue sharing plan. The union was concerned that the revenue-sharing would lead to the introduction of a salary cap in future negotiations, while wary of further pay reductions, including the possibility of a percentage of their salaries placed in escrow.
There is a worry among several agents that the new proposal could create a division among the rank-and-file, but certainly there will be modifications, compromises and plenty of discussion with all players during these negotiations.
The owners insist that it’s necessary for the players take a further salary reduction because they will lose money during the regular season without fans in attendance. Yet, the owners also would be guaranteed $777 million in postseason TV revenue, which would be inflated to about $1 billion with the postseason format expanded to 14 teams instead of 10. The owners have discussed sharing a portion of the money with the players.
There’s no hard deadline for the negotiations to be completed, but the two sides would likely need to reach an agreement by around June 6 for the season to start on July 4. Players and coaching staffs need time to report for the resumption of spring training, which would last three weeks at a team’s home ballpark or their spring-training site in Florida or Arizona.
Lionel Messi thinks football ‘will never be the same’ after coronavirus
The Barcelona captain has offered his thoughts
Lionel Messi has been talking about the coronavirus pandemic and thinks football, and life in general, will never be quite the same as before.
The Barcelona captain is preparing for a return to La Liga action after a break of nearly three months because of the virus.
Messi knows it has been a tough time for many across the world and offered some insight into his thoughts on recent events.
La Liga will return on June 11 with games played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future. Messi has said previously playing in empty stadiums is “spooky,” while president Javier Tebas has said supporters could be offered the choice of virtual crowd noise during matches.“I don’t think football, like life in general, will be the same,” he said. “Nearly all of us have the doubt about how the world will be after everything that has happened.
“Beyond the lockdown and the situation that caught us by surprise, many people have had a really bad time because the situation has affected them in some way, like with those that lost friends and family without even being able to say goodbye.
“I think there have been many negatives in this crisis, but there cannot be anything worse than losing the people you love the most, that frustrates me hugely and seems unfair on everyone.”
Source | El País Semanal
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