And that`s the optimism. Major League Baseball has sent the players` union a new proposal to restart the 2020 season following a personal meeting between Commissioner Rob Manfred and union leader Tony Clark in Arizona. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the two sides spent the weekend negotiating a deal that would determine how the option, the team and the commitment bonuses and other contractual clauses would work in the shortened 2020 season. Since Sunday evening, the MLB and the union are on the verge of reaching a formal agreement, Rosenthal adds: the two sides are burying themselves. Both sides stumbled. The owners first came up with the idea of sharing 50-50 revenue, but never really such a formal proposal. 21 of the 30 owners were not in the game when baseball lost the 1994 World Series on the idea of a salary cap based on revenue sharing, but they should always know that the idea is a complete no-start with the union. The players have even scored a few points on the place of public opinion, where they have not done well historically. In past labour disputes, supporters have reliably sided with the property, instilled by the rhetoric about “greedy” players whose salaries are accessible and easy to appease (unlike much larger but less visible bank accounts of owners). This time, however, a De Morning Consult poll found that fans who had an opinion were more likely to blame owners than players for the impasse. This may be because players are the ones at risk of getting sick with coronavirus in all season scenarios; Perhaps it is because more games are simply a more popular message than playing fewer games, or because players have learned to listen to support on social networks, or because a more liberal sports media is less likely to replicate the points of conversation of the property. Public opinion is voluble and does not play such an important role for the parties around the table, but perhaps, for the first time, the owners could not expect the fans to pull their side.
LaVar, Lonzo and LaMelo Ball all reacted on social media to LiAngelo`s signing of a 10-year one-year contract with the Detroit PIstons. Owners and players have agreed on a 60-game season that will begin on July 23 or 24, but a pandemic is looming. What should we expect from the abbreviated campaign? As coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, MLB has abstained on the actual plans for most of April. There were a few test balls on the game of the season in a remote area like the NBA is about to do with Disney World, but nothing that was really taken seriously in the end.