"The owners are 100% committed to getting baseball back on the field", Manfred said.
Of course, just a few days ago, Manfred claimed he was "100%" positive the league WOULD play games this season, despite the extended COVID-19 layoff and the constant bickering over cash between owners and players.
Clark had issued a statement Saturday that told MLB: "It's time to get back to work". "This has always been about extracting additional pay cuts from Players and this is just another day and another bad faith tactic in their ongoing campaign". On Tuesday, New York Yankees president Randy Levine, who previously had insisted that the agreement required players to discount their salaries, said: "Under the March 26 agreement, the commissioner has the right to schedule the games as long as the players are paid pro rata".
According to Sherman, MLB "has shown a willingness" to play a 54-game regular season.
Before that move was revealed, Manfred expressed in an interview on ESPN Radio how he was "not confident" about a season and blamed the union for leading him down the road of cancellation. "As you are aware, while the language in [the March 26 agreement] states that the Office of the Commissioner will use 'best efforts to play as many games as possible, ' a very important qualifier to that provision is that the schedule must take into account 'player safety and health'".
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Clark said further negotiations would be "futile", and that the players just needed Manfred to "tell us when and where" to play.
Manfred had threatened a shorter schedule, perhaps of about 50 games. The league has said it would lose $4 billion in revenue if the season is canceled.
Settling on a number of games remains a major issue.
Players hope to see documents detailing regional sports networks' agreements with teams, financial interests of MLB owners in RSNs and real estate ventures adjacent to ballparks, plus MLB affiliated companies such as the MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media and BAM Tech.
Owners, however, focused on a vaguely-worded portion of the agreement which said the sides would have to discuss compensation if games were to be played without fans.
With the two sides not able to come to an agreement, the MLBPA ended negotiations over the weekend, telling the league to let them know when and where to show up to begin the season.