As it is correct, if the players go public like Blake Snell, that it is about the money, they will look bad.They will bicker over a little bit of money, as one ESPN article pointed out, they could actually earn more this year under a 50/50 split depending on playoff tv contracts.But the players do not want to cap their earning potential with a 50/50 split and do not want the precedent of agreeing to do so.
However, when millions are out of work standing in lines for food shelfs and begging to go back to work, the players are going to complain over money?They owners are offering a job for still large amounts of money and the players will want more money, without even really looking into how it could break down.This would also cost other their jobs.Sure they could try to shift this on the owners, but the owners made first offer and so they look like they are trying and the players look like the greedy people costing thousands in baseball jobs, and costing America baseball to watch.To many 50/50 sounds reasonable, each side gets their share.Really, the owners are taking all the risk because they will still have to pay out of their 50 other salaries, ballpark costs, travel costs ect.It is not a 50/50 split of profit, but of all revenue.The players are only taking a risk they may earn a little less than they would with a pro rata payment, with possible of more.
However, if the players make a strong front and say this is about safety of our self and family with having to interact at higher levels with people.Since what has been leaked to press has little to no details on the safety part of the plan, this could help get player support if season does not happen.It is the players hands on how to approach this.
Regardless, if a season is not played, many will believe it was money based, and that just does not sit well with anyone that is wishing they would be offered to work again.Now of course in a normal union job if the offer was to return to work at a lower wage many would balk at that idea, but if you were earning 50K a year asking to earn 40K that is harder pill to swallow for a person, than 5 million to 4 million.Sure, the percentage is the same, but with cost of living being nearly the same, sure the 5 million earner could have higher living standards, but it does not change how much food, phone, internet, and other utilities will cost.
No matter what happens this year, I will be watching on TV again when I can, adding to the value the players will get.However, if attendance and ratings drop, the players should think about how that will affect their bottom line, even without a 50/50 split.As much as I am pro labor, if the players want to fight over this tooth and nail and strike for this, I would side with owners.Owners do not run a charity to have baseball, they do it to earn money.If they are losing money they should not run a team, just because they could lose money, this is not a business model to follow.