The current MLB lockout is damaging baseball’s image in the eyes of fans.
Some of them will likely turn their backs on the sport never to come back, and in the last few years, there hasn’t been much to show younger generations to try an entice them into the sport.
Players are suffering, because they won’t get paid if baseball doesn’t come back, but somebody needs to think about the fans.
“Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore: ‘I’m sorry we are where we are. … I think the first thing is, you got to have empathy and compassion toward our fans,'” Royals’ beat reporter for MLB.com Anne Rogers wrote.
#Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore: "I'm sorry we are where we are. … I think the first thing is, you got to have empathy and compassion toward our fans."
— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) March 2, 2022
Fans Are the Key To Baseball As A Business
Fans are the ones who go to the stadium, fill the seats, and create an amazing atmosphere for baseball.
They are, in addition, the ones who pay the subscriptions to watch games via TV or streaming services.
In short, they are the key to the baseball business, because nothing would exist if they don’t purchase or consume it.
And they need to be treated with respect, and that starts with the owners.
In the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations, players made it clear that they could agree to expanded playoffs and ditched the idea of reducing the time until free agency, but they need to receive good proposals, too.
Players need to make more than $700,000 as the minimum salary, and the comparison shouldn’t be about how much the average American makes.
The comparison should be about how much the league, and owners, make in comparison to players, knowing that there wouldn’t be a show to offer fans without the latter.
When owners are ready to make serious offers, players will listen, a new deal will be signed, and fans can go back to enjoying the game they love.
It’s all really in the owners’ hands.