Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hopefully Greed Will Not Kill the 2020 Baseball Season

The following statement on Twitter by Max Scherzer is very disturbing: "After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions,”

Since the current proposal by MLB is to play 82 games, the players are willing to take half their salary.  However, since playing in empty stadiums would greatly reduce income for the owners, players are being asked to take further reductions in compensation.  I read somewhere that a baseball team would lose $640,000 for each game played in an empty stadium.

Max Scherzer's salary calls for $191 Million over 7 years.  Can he afford to take a reduction so that games can go on?  The lack of professional sports over the last 10 weeks has caused much unhappiness among Americans.  Let Scherzer and other multi-millionaire ballplayers observe all the people waiting in line for food.

These professional athletes are making millions for playing a boy's game.  They can take a cut in salary for one season.  Hopefully, greed will not kill the 2020 season.

1 comment:

njfan39 said...

Bruce, while you make good points, you're arguments are very one sided. The owners bear some responsibility too. How about a different perspective? Do owners give players bonusses in times of record profit? Of course not and it'd be improper for athletes or any employee to ask for one (unless there is a prior agreed upon profit sharing agreement). If that is the case, why is it improper to ask the owners to bear more of the financial burden in times of hardship?

I think the players will settle for prorated salaries but I don't think most will settle for prorated salaries AND an additional decrease that will cover the complete losses expected by each organization. If the season takes place and if profit losses aren't as massive as expected, I hope you advocate for the players (and all organizational employees) receive compensation. You're asking for cooperation but it isn't clear if you expect as much from those who most can afford to cooperate (the owners). Just my two cents.

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