Owners must listen now

“This random social-media scuffle was further anecdotal evidence that, amid all this unrest, sports owners are being confronted with social responsibility that many didn’t sign up for, but must now respect. …

“Two items not listed in the pro sports ownership manual: How to stomach losing major money during a pandemic, and how to defer to players, or truly partner with them, once they start wielding their power. …

“This moment has the potential to mark a watershed in the owner-player dynamic. In this climate, the relationship can’t be purely transactional. The key difference is that there’s something to hold owners accountable to: The strength in numbers, from players as a more unified body and from fans who support their causes.”

Pro athletes are recognizing their leverage, so those who own the teams don’t have to agree with their view, but they must respect them.

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