January 20, 2021

Passan’s 20 questions – Why financial battle over 2020 MLB season is about to get really, really ugly (ESPN)


This week is going to be ugly. There’s no getting around that. Every negotiation starts at opposite ends of a spectrum, and the chasm between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association is wide enough that as they navigate a return-to-play agreement to set the stage for the return of professional team sports in America, a fight is almost guaranteed.

Where these discussions go, and how the principals involved steer them, mark the most consequential moment for the sport since it barely averted a work stoppage in 2002. The coronavirus pandemic is altering the world. Unemployment is historically high. The future is impossible to forecast. And Monday, as MLB owners rubber-stamped the league’s proposal that it intends to share with the union in a meeting Tuesday, the conversation focused on money.

What followed surprised no one. This is not how it had to go, but it was how it was always going to go, millionaires and billionaires pitted against one another in a game of chicken. Stake out a position. Refuse to budge. The coming days will…

Read “Passan’s 20 questions – Why financial battle over 2020 MLB season is about to get really, really ugly” at ESPN