A coronavirus pandemic has been in the works for some time, but the owners and player's union are still having a hard time agreeing on the money aspect. After the most recent plan leaked on Tuesday, , unhappy with significant pay cuts.amid the
The new plan involves a sliding scale model, where the highest earning players would take large pay cuts and those making the minimum would earn close to their previous salary.
CBS Sports' David Samson broke down the proposal on Wednesday's episode of his podcast "Nothing Personal with David Samson." He says the word of the day is "disappointment," which is how the players feel and how many fans feel with a return not looking close.
Samson has long praised the owners for having one voice that does not waver from the goal.
"Everybody was talking, with the exception of the owners, the only voice that came from the owners was a statement from MLB," he said.
After explaining the proposal, he said, "Now we are reading everywhere what a disaster this is for the players," adding a sarcastic, "Oh the horror."
The podcast host says the players will not get the sympathy they are after in the current state of the economy:
"The union thought to themselves one way we can do better is to have a better PR strategy where we can try to illicit some sympathy from the masses, from the fans. I got a news flash [Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association] Tony Clark. NGTH. Not going to happen. There is no scenario under which you will be able to get a preponderance or the people to actually come out on your side when there are people making $30 million and now they'll make $10 million, when there's about 35-40 million people unemployed, making $0 or furlough."
Samson appreciates the latest plan, believing that while negotiations still need to happen, players "have to wrap their arms around" the sliding scale model. The reasoning behind the pay cuts come from the league not knowing what will happen or what their revenue will be, Samson says.
Samson wraps up his thoughts saying, "Players have more expenses, I get it, but at some point the players will have to decide what they're willing to live with."