With MLB owners and the Players' Association entrenched in a battle to get the 2020 season started, a bit of news fanned the flames Saturday.
The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported that the league and Turner Sports agreed to a new TV deal, one that would increase the money MLB takes in from the media company.
Marchand reported, citing sources, that MLB could make around $500 million per season, up from the $350 million it currently gets from Turner.
"ThE iNdUsTrY jUsT iSnT tHaT pRoFiTaBlE"— Brandon Crawford (@bcraw35) June 13, 2020
bUT bAsEbAlL iS dYiNg!🥴🥴— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) June 13, 2020
Crawford and McCutchen's comments come a few days after St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. went on a local radio station and said this:
"The industry isn't very profitable, to be honest," DeWitt said on 590TheFan on Tuesday (H/T ESPN.com). "And I think [the players] understand that. They think owners are hiding profits. There's been a bit of distrust there. It's a bit of a zero-sum game. They have by far the best deal of any players in any sport."
A few other MLB players with local ties weighed in on the new TV deal.
Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) June 13, 2020
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The owners and players have been exchanging revenue split proposals for weeks, with both sides rejecting what the other side is offering.
MLB declined to comment to Marchand on the TV deal. It will be interesting to see how the league reacts when the Players' Association brings it up.
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Brandon Crawford, Andrew McCutchen call out MLB over reported TV deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area