Chicago Cubs: The season holdout battle is all the owners fault
The Cubs and the 2020 MLB season is still in the air on whether it will happen. But fans had a glimpse of hope when the 60-game proposal came out.
However, that maybe the light at the end of a long, long tunnel. When the 60 game proposal came, it sounded like baseball was finally going to be back this summer. But the players want to play more games so they can make more money.
The players are voting on the 60 game proposal on Sunday, and that is when we will know what the Chicago Cubs season will look like. The MLBPA executive board is voting, and that consists of an eight-member sub-committee and 30 team representatives.
The players have a few choices if they want to get the stone rolling on this season. They can agree to the MLB’s proposed 60 game season with full pro-rated pay and an expanded playoff in 2020 and 2021 and a pledge not to file a grievance.
Or they could go through with the March 26th “agreement” in which Manfred sets the season structure with the owners, and the players get pro-rated pay, but this doesn’t include the expanded playoff which would bring in loads of revenue for the owners if it was expanded to 16 teams.
Few good things have come out of the fight for a season. Some owners don’t want a season cause all they care about is the money signs and the thickness of their wallets. If that is the case, own something else, don’t be a sports team owner.
This has declined the interest in the sport after a great year last year. With viewership being up a lot last year, don’t expect a thing like that after owners have been saying they don’t want the season to happen.
How does this impact the Chicago Cubs and other teams/fanbases? Well first off, the fans get fewer games to watch, could be good or bad depending on how you look at it. Next, players on every single team are making way less money by playing 1/3 of a season.
A lot more hate towards owners and front offices is another thing that may come out of this. This season may also have a low player participation rate—an even bigger argument about the post-2021 CBAs than what we already were thinking.