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MLB GAVE PLAYERS UNION 2 CHOICES FOR 2020 PAY STRUCTURE

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have publicly been at odds about how salaries will be dished out if a shortened season is to get underway without fans in attendance this season.

In a recent meeting between the two sides, the league gave the union two options, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.


First, the players could agree to renegotiate the 2020 pay structure to something other than the prorated salaries previously agreed upon. The second option is to begin waiting for the season until the coronavirus pandemic clears enough so fans are allowed to attend ballparks.

In March, the owners and the union agreed to prorate 2020 contracts, with players earning a reduced amount based on the total games played. Owners maintain that agreement hinged on the understanding that it would only be feasible if paying fans could attend games, though the MLBPA refutes that claim, Heyman adds.

An email dated March 26 from an MLB lawyer to top league officials that Joel Sherman of the New York Post obtained suggests the union understood a second negotiation might be necessary if ballparks remained empty when the season started.

MLB reportedly told players that paying prorated contracts without fans in attendance would cost the league $640,000 per game.


The owners have since suggested a 50-50 revenue-sharing plan, but the union has been against that and considers it a variation of a salary cap. Despite continuing talks, the league hasn't formally submitted a proposal to the union regarding revenue sharing, according to Heyman.



JAMES TUBB
MAY 19, 2020  (17H59)
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