MLB Owners Approve July 1 Season Start; Players’ Union Must Now Approve

MLB owners have agreed on a proposal that would restart regular season games in early July, ESPN reports. Commissioner Rob Manfred plans to present the new plan to players Tuesday, as it will need player approval before it could be enacted. However, sources tell the outlet that with money at the heart of the new plan, it is likely going to be a contentious negotiation. Part of the plan involves the players and ownership group splitting revenue evenly, despite a March agreement that players would instead be paid a pro-rated salary for games played. Other changes in the plan include, an expansion of playoff teams from 10 to 14; an 82-game season; the use of home stadiums in areas that have local and state governmental approval; Spring Training 2.0 beginning in June; a universal designated hitter; schedules based on geography, here teams only play opponents in a similar area: and a 30-man roster with a taxi squad that would have upward of 50 players available. Player safety is another hot button issue that will also have to be addressed and agreed upon by both parties.