Because if we play, there will be, (at least I think that’s the plan now) no fans in the seats, which means the only revenue the team owners will be getting will be whatever advertising revenue they get. They won’t get any ticket sales, merchandise sales, concession sales, parking fees, etc. etc. etc. and given how much money some players make, owners would probably be better off if there were no baseball at all.
Yes. They're paying him nothing. If he had played he would have gotten 60/162 of his salary.
Guess I don't get why that is a reason for the owners to be "really motivated to not have a season".
Sure, not having a season would save the paying salaries. What does that have to do with there being a season but a few players deciding to sit out?