The owners could pay an 1/4 of what they do now and lose 1% of the available players. Do you think players would not work for an average of $1M/year.There highest paid alternative outside of MLB is the Nippon league which is about an 1/8 of what they get paid now. The average pay of MLB players has grown at 7X the adjusted rate of inflation in the last 25 years and more than that if you go back further. I would say MLB players have done great and let's not forget that both sides continue to allow MiLB players to work for peanuts. They are all (players and owners) greedy bastards.
There are no victims here.
Besides you and me drinking that 10 buck beer.