The owners are looking to use the pandemic to force players to accept a proposal that they’ve always rejected previously. MLB wants salaries to be a percentage of revenue. The players have rejected this in the past because it’s a de facto salary cap. But the luxury tax threshold acts in the same way. Should the players be open to tying salaries to a percentage of revenue if that percentage is higher than what the players earned last year?
On the surface that’s a simple yes. But things are rarely what they seem at first glance. Are the players just supposed to accept what owners tell them their revenue is? Especially with clubs owning their own TV networks and selling their rights fees at below-market rates, to point out just one example of how revenue can easily be manipulated.
If owners want to fully open their books so everyone can see their true financial picture then perhaps their proposal could work. Until then, they are just pissing in the wind with this demand for salaries to be tied to a percentage of revenue.