Sides deadlocked after Major League Baseball rejects latest Players Association proposal

Tanya Simon
June 3, 2020

Major League Baseball owners and players are trying to figure out how to play ball in a season that's been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Considering the owners only were willing to pay 60 percent of prorated salaries for the 82-game schedule, to be consistent the percentage they'd be willing to pay for a 114-game schedule would be well under 50 percent, which the players are not going to approve.

"We have an agreement on compensation that says clearly how players get paid in the event games are played - pro-rata", Clark said, according to the report.

This week is regarded as pivotal in efforts to get an agreement in place to play an Major League Baseball season in 2020, and optimism among some parties seems to be waning quickly. The owners also are considering a July start to the regular season. Owners and players agreed to the full prorated salaries in March.

While there remains outstanding issues between the league and players on health and safety, people involved in negotiations are highly optimistic that the sides will reach an agreement.

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The health and safety protocols proposed by the owners have not met almost as much resistance from the players.

Players and owners have gone back and forth on the terms of a potential season return related to salaries and the number of games.

While management has suggested it could play a short regular season of about 50 games with no more salary reductions, it has not formally proposed that concept.

Teams would make less money if fans are not allowed to attend games, which has led owners to push for lower player salaries and fewer games.

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