>I believe that the owners made their
>(ridiculous) demands for one reason. They figured if they made those
>demands, and then gave up on them as part of a compromise, the players
>would compromise and keep the status quo as far as arbitration goes
>(ie the 3 years). I really doubt the owners expected to get more than
>that. The owners have now pretty much given up all their demands, but
>Fehr refuses to budge.
Why should he? So far, all the owners have agreed to do is return
things to the way they were last season before bargaining started.
If the players accepted the owners' current offer, the owners would
get to keep all the extra television revenue.
To put it another way: suppose that the company you work for has
recently reported a record increase in earnings. Furthermore, similar
companies have been sold for astronomical sums. Suppose further
that the record increase in earnings was *directly due* to your efforts.
Now suppose that you and your boss are negotiating your
salary for the next working year, and suppose that your boss decided to open
"negotiations" by suggesting your salary be cut in half. After you
reject this offer, then suppose that your boss "compromises" by offering you
the same salary you earned last year. Would you be inclined to accept it?
This is the situation that the players are in at the moment.
>I think he's doing a disservice to the players
>at this point, because they will lose the fans now.
Which is exactly what the owners were hoping would happen. Owners,
as a group, are devious; their whole bargaining strategy was designed
with precisely this in mind.
>It's difficult to
>feel sorry for a player who's making $300K because he has to wait a
>whole nother year before he gets into the millions.
I agree: after all, most of us will make only a small fraction of
what a major-league baseball player makes.
But, as I've said before, there's one basic fact to be considered:
there's a *lot* of money to be made from baseball, because people
such as you and I are willing to pay to see it. This money will
go to either the baseball players or the baseball owners; no other
options exist. Baseball players deserve the money more than
baseball owners do, and that is why I am on the side of the players when
it comes to negotiations.
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