The MLB lockout, unfortunately, is designed to hit players and fans more than the owners themselves, who were the ones who implemented the measure.
We are not saying owners won’t lose anything if games are cancelled: however, the most affected entities are, by far, players and fans.
Fans will lose because they won’t be able to watch games or even official player news under the current terms of the lockout: that’s not what they signed up for.
Players, on the other hand, aren’t paid if they don’t take the field.
You can say they are under the most pressure to get a deal done, but that doesn’t mean they will agree with all owners’ proposals.
For players, however, the losses could be significant if they have to lose games of the regular season.
According to the AP, “based on last year’s base salaries of $3.8 billion, major league players would combine to lose $20.5 million for each day wiped off the regular-season schedule should the lockout continue. Max Scherzer would lose $232,975 each day, Gerrit Cole $193,548.”
Based on last year’s base salaries of $3.8 billion, major league players would combine to lose $20.5 million for each day wiped off the regular-season schedule should the lockout continue. Max Scherzer would lose $232,975 each day, Gerrit Cole $193,548. https://t.co/bRlNr0rJ9x
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) February 23, 2022
Lost Money Hurts Everybody
For accomplished players like Scherzer and Cole, you might say, losing that much money can’t hurt.
First, it does hurt, because it’s money they agreed to play for, and earned every penny.
And second, consider the consequences for those with a league minimum salary.
The AP article explains it better: “A player at management’s proposed $630,000 minimum would lose $3,387 for each day he’s not on a big league roster, the amount rising to $4,167 under the union’s offer of a $775,000 minimum.”
A player earning the minimum will feel small bites starting to turn into one big wound if several weeks go by without an agreement.
Some players have said they are willing to lose games to get a good agreement, but you can’t say it isn’t painful for them.