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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clarke, Executive Director of the MLB Players’ Association, met in person in Arizona in June to discuss a possible return to the game.
Joe Mellio, editorial at 12:13.
Baseball seems to have missed a great opportunity, although the sport has agreed to return to the game.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clarke, executive director of the MLB Players’ Association, met in person in June for the first time since the first shots were fired at the last baseball game in Arizona, and the two parties again agreed to resume the game on Tuesday-evening. The new agreement provides for a season of about 60 games, fully proportional wages and a designated universal batter.
While both sides can be held responsible for the lack of good faith in negotiating and compromising, the recent dispute has revealed an alarming trend that poses a real threat to the American hobby – the insatiable greed of MLB owners.
The verdict of KOVID-19 revealed a written report of unfair negotiations and greed of companies, which has its roots in the history of the sport. The sins of the owners at the darkest moment in America after September 11th could destroy the game as we know it and should raise real concern about the fate of a new baseball collective agreement to be signed after the end of the 2021 season.
From the beginning it was clear that the owners had never seriously looked for the best results for the 2020 season. The 26th. In March – the opening day – the players and the owners agreed to postpone the start of the MLB season and that the owners would pay the players pro rata based on the number of games played. The agreement of the 26th. In March, it was also stipulated that the Commissioner had the right to start the MLB season and to demand a certain number of matches, provided that the players were paid their full salary pro rata.
At the time, the popular idea was that the commissioner would start the season as soon as it was deemed safe. Of course this did not happen because the owners wanted to come back to the table and change the conditions they had already agreed.
The owners claimed that the sport worked at a loss and that the players would have to accept a pay cut on top of their already proportional salaries in order for the sport to survive – a complete reversal of the terms agreed in March.
Worse, the owner of St. Louis Cardinal’s Bill DeWitt, Jr. made a questionable statement about the profitability of baseball on local radio station 590 TheFan.
To be honest, the industry isn’t very profitable, and I think [the players] understand that, DeWitt said. They think the owners are hiding the profits. There was a little suspicion.
Most players are extremely skeptical about the sport’s budget and believe that baseball can run at a loss for a year – and the figures seem to confirm this. MLB has reached a record $10.7 billion in 2019, and Turner Broadcasting has just signed a contract worth more than $1 billion to broadcast just one of the league’s nine playoff series.
As for the owner’s bags, take a look at Jeffrey Loria, the former owner of Miami Marlins. As owner of Les Marlins, Laurie has been saying for many years that the team is working at a loss in the light of rumours of bankruptcy or even total financial collapse. When Loriya sold the team in 2017, he earned $1.2 billion, whereas he had bought the team for only $158 million. Laurie was a really good kisser.
The owners almost recently admitted that they were hiding the profits when they asked the players to waive their right to claim the 2020 season. As with most professional sports teams, the finances of the MLB franchise are not known to the public, but a complaint from the players’ union can change that.
The teams will have to prove in court that they need the players to lower their salaries by printing their books and point out the huge losses they would have suffered. The MLBPA will try to prove that the league acted in bad faith – it violated the league’s collective bargaining agreement by limiting the number of matches played and by trying to prevent the payment of a fully proportional salary. It’s mysterious that the owners didn’t want to make their finances public. They are so scared that they have to prove their unwavering commitment to their end goal that they don’t want contract players to be able to sue anymore. If their financial situation were so bad, it would be easy to prove it.
The power structure in baseball has been broken, and the interim return to play agreement will not remedy this situation. The players returned to the position where their only bargaining position was the call to the Commissioner to spend the season through the March agreement by tweeting the words WHEN and WHERE. There may be a time and a place for 2020 and 2021, but the current state of labour relations in sport casts a very dark shadow.