“Remember, games cannot be played without you. Players should not agree to further pay cuts to bail out the owners. Let owners take some of their record revenues and profits from the past several years and pay you the prorated salaries you agreed to accept or let them borrow against the asset values they created from the use of those profits players generated.”
In that same email, Boras — Blum’s piece goes into further detail.— went on to detail that some owners are seeking relief from debts they’ve taken on outside of the usual game-day expenses and are now looking to players to subsidize those obligations.
Owners floated the idea of a 50-50 revenue split, but
As MLB and the Players Association (MLBPA) continue to negotiate the structure of a 2020 season, agent Scott Boras is advising his clients to remain firm in their positions.
Players have already agreed to prorate their salaries based on the number of games played during the 2020 season, which will no doubt be shortened significantly because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The MLBPA is of the position that the matter of compensation was put to rest with that agreement. Owners, however, interpret the agreement as allowing them to reopen negotiations in the very likely event that fans will not be allowed to attend games for some or all of the season.