8. Salary Fallout
Owners offered the players a 50% share of revenue, rather than the pro-rated portion of their salaries the sides agreed upon in March 2020. For players, this was unacceptable because it was too close to a salary cap. In sum, we all know what happened in 1994.
The owners (with the support of Manfred) tried to bully the players into backing down, while also painting them as greedy villains in a time of crisis. Needless to say, it’s obvious which side the fans took. The players argued that they will put their health at risk, so how can they justify playing for less?