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Sport 'More optimism' that MLB, MLBPA will come to agreement to start the season?

22:31  23 may  2020
22:31  23 may  2020 Source:   yardbarker.com

MLBPA won't agree to league's revenue plan, labels it a 'salary cap'

  MLBPA won't agree to league's revenue plan, labels it a 'salary cap' The Major League Baseball Players Association has an issue with the league's proposal to start the 2020 season. Union officials told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich that players won't sign off on MLB's proposal if salaries in 2020 come from 50% of revenues during the abbreviated season. "A system that restricts player pay based on revenues is a salary cap, period," MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Rosenthal and Drellich. "This is not the first salary cap proposal our union has received. It probably won’t be the last.

The logistical aspects of starting the 2020 MLB season after it’s been suspended since March are not the biggest hurdles.

Rob Manfred holding a sign: One of the biggest hurdles for commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLBPA thus far has been finances. © Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports One of the biggest hurdles for commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLBPA thus far has been finances.

While COVID-19 testing and finding a way to keep players safe is certainly a big issue, it’s about the finances between Major League Baseball and its players. The league is pushing for revenue share on top of prorated salary for the planned 82-game season. Players are obviously pushing back against that.

Although, there’s seemingly some good news on this front. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there’s growing optimism that the two sides will come to terms on an agreement.

MLBPA ‘very disappointed’ with MLB over economic proposal

  MLBPA ‘very disappointed’ with MLB over economic proposal The MLB had plenty of time to come up with an equitable solution but still came up empty.MLB and the players’ union met on Tuesday to discuss an economic proposal having to do with how the limited revenue will be divided between the sides. According to The Athletic’s Evan Drellich, the MLBPA is “very disappointed” with the proposal.

As Heyman notes, MLB will likely offer up a deal to the players at some point early next week. The two sides have engaged on talks regarding player safety and protocol during the pandemic. That seems to be a secondary issue.

Realistically, neither side can afford for the season not to start in July because of the finances. It would be a major black eye for the players and league given the current economic situation in the United States.

Report: MLB owners adamant about not paying players prorated salaries

  Report: MLB owners adamant about not paying players prorated salaries Major League Baseball owners are adamantly opposed to paying players the prorated salaries reportedly promised to them in a March agreement because the losses would be too steep, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The news is the latest in a string of reports suggesting the league wants to walk back its previous pact with the union due to increasing fear of fans being unable to attend games during the 2020 campaign once it begins. TheThe news is the latest in a string of reports suggesting the league wants to walk back its previous pact with the union due to increasing fear of fans being unable to attend games during the 2020 campaign once it begins.

That should push both sides through the finish line.

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Rob Manfred confident MLB will reach deal to play shortened season with players union .
Rob Manfred said he's confident that MLB will reach an agreement with players to play a shortened 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Appearing on a CNN coronavirus town hall, Manfred said he was "hopeful we will have some Major League Baseball this summer," and that their hopes to stage an 82-game season will be dependent on the public-health situation and whether it's safe for players and employees to return to work.

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