You’ll note that I put that part in quotes and you can interpret it however you’d like. My experience with casual sports fans are that they very much side with players versus owners. In our state in particular, it strikes me that casual fans believe that someone who has stayed with a team for his whole career and who has been “classy” throughout (I’ll interpret classy for you: hasn’t been in trouble and otherwise appears to be a good citizen) deserves to stay around as long as they can reasonably play, regardless of the compensation they have received previously. Given that casual fans make up a large portion of the money that comes to the organization, I think there is another point than those laid out by the author (who did a very good job laying out his points. I just disagree.).
Fair enough. I don't agree though.
I think the casual fan might grumble if he's let go, but in the end it will be wins and losses that determine how much of their money the team actually gets.
I'm also not sure where the player vs. owner part of your response comes from. The idea, if Joe is let go, would be to allocate that money and roster spot towards different players, not for the owner to pocket it.