In perusing the reporting on yesterday's mediation fallout, optimism is, not surprisingly, running low. Hey, speaking of Lowe...
(I know...turrible. but let's try not to freak out.)
Zach Lowe does a good job remaining above the emotional fray and works to examine the negotiating points. You would be well-served to read his examination in full, but for the sake of record and brevity, here are the main points that are still the matters of contention:
- The revenue split still seems to be about $100 million apart, or about $1 billion over the course of the 10 year deal the owners want.
- The owners' base rate of the luxury tax proposal has softened but still remains too punitive for the players' tastes. The players would also like a higher luxury tax threshold, which allows greater player movement.
- Restricted free agency is receiving some attention, such as shortening the matching offer period and fully guaranteed qualifying offers.
- Owners have backed off of their push to limit players' Bird Rights.
- The mid-level exception appears to be one of the rare cases where players and owners are close to agreement with regards to length and value.