Mlb Agreement Details

In the interests of fairness to MLB`s owners – who don`t seem to really care about fairness – MLB`s public relations problems in recent months were not entirely self-inflicted. The long economic feud of baseball was caused by COVID-19, which subjected the sport to an unprecedented stress test. MLB passed this test, but it also faced more difficult questions than some of the leagues that managed the situation smoothly. The NBA and NHL had finished most of their regular seasons (with fans in the stands) when the pandemic struck. These leagues had amassed most of their expected revenue, and their players had already received most of their salaries. The NFL season is not expected to start for five months and can still start as scheduled. In addition, unlike MLB, the NFL, NBA and NHL have previous revenue-sharing agreements that have reduced some of the economic uncertainty. Unlike the leagues to which he is often compared, MLB had to postpone the start of the season. Determine how, when and where a second spring training can be organized; haggling over the length, layout and safety of a season that is totally fan-free; and share the revenues in agreement with a stronger union than other sports. The agreement between MLB/MLBPA includes: promise to immediately begin discussions on accelerated spring training, to divide DHs, expand frames, eliminate the All-Star Game and extend the regular season until October. The deal, reached last night by MLB players and due to be approved this morning by ESPN`s Jeff Passan`s owners, covers a wide range of issues facing the sport in times of uncertainty. While he may be a little optimistic that the players can return to another round of spring training in mid-May with a resumption of play in June (perhaps without fans in the stands), this agreement provides a framework that offers some predictability in times of uncertainty.

Here are some highlights: games on neutral sites and in empty ball parks would therefore be at least close to nullifying the three conditions mentioned above. Early Friday, MLB was still hoping to play a 140-game regular season with a 14-man playoff, according to Jon Heyman. This will not be impossible in any way, let alone after waiting for these three provisions to be respected. Passans` follow-up suggests that he has incorporated some adaptability into the MLB-MLBpa agreement, which appears to be a requirement if a season is to be performed of a reasonable length. While the new coronavirus pandemic still has baseball and the rest of the sports world has stalled, the general framework for a possible 2020 season is emerging.