Here are the facts …
The average salary in 1970 when the first CBA was established was 29,303.Adjusted for inflation 188,046. Therefore, after adjusting for inflation MLB salaries have increased 23 X the level of 1970.
In 1980 when the amount of revenue allocated to player salaries increased by 4.5X 1970 levels, the players could have opted to share some of that increase with the MiLB players. However, they opted to keep 100 of that increase.
In 1990 when the amount of revenue allocated to player salaries increased by 20X 1970 levels. The players have opted to keep 10% of that increase.
In 2000, MLB player salaries increased to $1,895,630 or an increase of 64X the level of 1970 compensation. The MLB players have opted to keep 100 of that increase.
In 2010, MLB player salaries increased to 3,014,572 which is an increase of over 100X1970 compensation. The MLB players have opted to keep 100 of that increase.
The average salary in 2017 was 4.4M or roughly 150X 1970 compensation which equates to 23X 2017 salaries. The average MLB player makes nearly 100 times the average American.
The Player’s union has had a very longtime and ample opportunity to share with MiLB players.Perhaps it’s time for MLB players to share the wealth.The owners are not without fault but it is difficult to mandate how the other side of a CBA allocates funds.The Player's association has done a relatively poor job of representing the bulk of MLB players.Superstars are collecting a very large percentage of the total dollars. While the relative fairness of this outcome is debatable, what is not debatable is that MiLB players have been completely ignored.The premise that this all falls on the owners is wildly biased.
BTW … MLB salaries are roughly 10X Japanese players which is the next highest league. If the owners were as greedy as the players, MLB players would not be making 10X the amount paid by the next highest paying alternative.