The clock is ticking on a MLB return in time for the 2020 season. Unfortunately, owners and players don’t appear close to an agreement to start the season.
Fans appear to be just as conflicted, according to SB Nation’s Reacts survey.
The majority of fans who responded, 66 percent, said they are on the players side of negotiations. On top of that, only 22 percent say players are being unreasonable in their requests, as opposed to 36 percent who said the same about owners.
Despite the show of support, fans are ok with players giving up a sizable amount of money in order to make an agreement.
From what I see on Twitter, I think most baseball reporters are on the owner’s side.
When asked what was a reasonable amount of money for the players to give up, 54 percent of those who voted said they would be ok with players giving up at least 30 percent of their normal contract, of which 29 percent said they would be ok with 40 percent of the contract being given up.
Fans are also very aware of the timing issues facing the league. 58 percent of fans think the league will still start by early July – a drop from 69 percent three weeks ago. That timeline would allow at least an 80-game season.
At the same time, the majority of fans believe players will need two to three weeks to get ready for the start of the season. Which would mean both sides would need to come to an agreement and get back to work in roughly the next week.
For now, both sides appear far from an agreement. Ownership denied the players’ proposal earlier this week and hasn’t given a counter-offer.
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