MLBPA Could Use Betts' Trade To Argue For CBA Luxury Tax Reforms
The MLBPA "could point to the travails of the Red Sox as a prime reason to shift the financial structure of the sport" as it gears up to negotiate a new CBA with MLB after this season, according to Peter Abraham of the BOSTON GLOBE. A "theoretically contending team with a vast revenue stream felt compelled to drop" roughly $51M off its payroll in one offseason. That is something the players "could raise as not being good for the sport overall." That one of MLB's "bedrock franchises went this route almost certainly will motivate the players to seek change in the parameters of the luxury tax" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/9). In Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote the luxury tax has "become a concern even to organizations capable of living in luxury." The Red Sox "led the majors in payroll the past two seasons, and they just traded Mookie Betts" because Owner John Henry and Chair Tom Werner "felt a need to pare back" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 2/8).