MLB: Owners OK Plan to Start in July

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Posted: May 11, 2020 at 4:51 pm

If Major League Baseball owners have their way, you could be watching games about two months.

The teams’ owners have reportedly approved a proposal that would start the season in early July. The Major League Baseball Players Association still has to sign off on the plan, and that doesn’t look likely as-is. The biggest bone of contention will be a proposed 50-50 revenue split — the players will probably want a pro-rated portion of their contracts instead.

Here are some other details:

  • An expansion of playoff teams from 10 to 14
  • An 82-game season
  • A so-called spring training 2.0 that begins in June with a season set for early July
  • A universal designated hitter
  • Geographical schedules, in which teams play other teams in their areas
  • A 30-man roster with a taxi squad that would have upward of 50 players available
  • No fans at the ballparks