Major League Baseball set to outline plans for season but players reportedly unhappy

Major League Baseball set to outline plans for season but players reportedly unhappy

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is scheduled to hold a conference call with reps from all 30 teams on Monday. Then, if they sign off on the idea, the league will present the plan to the players Tuesday.

Each team would play an 82-game regular season with most teams playing games in their own divisions and interleague not going past regional matchups such as AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West. While MLB could benefit long-term from being the first American team sport to return amid the coronavirus pandemic, the logistics of starting the season remain convoluted and require player support. The intradivision-heavy schedule would be to limit travel - with teams possibly traveling by bus to nearby cities.

The current plan is for 30-man rosters, at least initially, with a 20-man taxi squad to provide depth as the season goes along.

The hope is all teams can host games at their home ballparks, but if they are unable to do so at the beginning of the season, they could share another major-league facility with another team or play out of their spring complex. First, the Players Association has always seen any shared revenue plan as putting them on a slippery slope to a salary cap.

The Players' Union will now have to agree to the reported proposal and it will also need clearance from the White House. Owners, fearful of deep financial losses with fan-free stadiums, agreed in a conference call Monday afternoon to a plan that includes a 50-50 revenue split with the players, sources told ESPN. League officials reportedly said that teams are expected to lose about 40 per cent of their gross revenue from ticket sales, concessions and parking.

Just how entrenched both sides are in these positions will become more obvious with the union officially receiving a document Tuesday and subsequent negotiations on the content.

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