MLBPA Head Tony Clark On League Economics, TV Deals, Minor League CBA

The newly-formed economic reform committee comprised of five team owners drew some criticism from MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark, who told The Athletic’s Evan Drellich that “the underlying theme” of the committee is reducing and controlling player payroll rather than any significant reshaping of the league’s business.

The economic reform committee is not a new idea.  They had a Blue Ribbon panel, and even an economic committee that was put together back in 1991….Those two in particular, and perhaps even this third, based on the comments that came out today, is focused in on how best to depress player salaries,” Clark said.

The MLBPA declined to make an initial comment last week when the committee was announced, though it naturally isn’t surprising that the union and the owners would have greatly differing perspectives on economic inequalities within baseball.  For starters, Clark feels that “

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Packers get under 2023 salary cap by restructuring deals for Aaron Jones, Jaire Alexander and Preston Smith

Three restructured contracts provided almost $28 million in salary cap relief and put the Green Bay Packers a little over $6 million under the 2023 salary cap with about two weeks before the start of the new league year.

The Packers restructured deals for running back Aaron Jones, cornerback Jaire Alexander and outside linebacker Preston Smith – three foundational players on the roster – to create the salary cap relief.

According to Over the Cap, the Packers are now $6.43 million under the cap.

In all three restructures, the Packers converted base salary and roster bonuses into signing bonuses and added a void year to maximum the salary cap savings in 2023.

Jones’ restructuring saved roughly $11.8 million. Restructures for Alexander and Smith saved approximately $9.5 million and $6.7 million, respectively. Add it up, and the Packers shaved $27.96 million off the cap in three relatively easy moves.

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