Will the Player’s Association accept the Major League Baseball owners new proposal for a 72 game season?
MLB owners submitted a new proposal to the Players Association for 72 games that would end on Sempteber 27 in order to fit in postseason baseball by October. Our Cubs 360 Daily, presented by Miller Lite, panel discusses whether they can fit postseason baseball in with the proposed schedule.
With this new proposal, MLB owners are suggesting a 72-game season that would hold 80% of the prorated salary with one caveat: if there is a postseason. Discussions have led to an increased pool to the postseason tournament which would include six extra teams. MLB would consider a 16-team format in the upcoming season. Bruce Levine believed that it would get done if they end by September 27th.
“They need to end by September 27th because they are afraid of the pandemic coming back. Their doctors and scientists have told them that November would be a bad time to be playing playoff baseball. Also, the partners for Major League Baseball do not want extended baseball playoffs going into the height of their NFL coverage and that’s in particular FOX,” Levine said. “If you’re going to have 16 teams, extended playoffs, you’re going to need every bit of September 27th – November 1st.”
Sean Marshall would love to see the extended playoffs and get extra opportunities for teams who are not in the playoffs. Marshall also insists that the health and safety of players is still a concern.
“If the medical experts are saying that there’s a second wave of COVID possibly going to happen, we have to listen to them and do the right thing. This might be the one thing that’s idling the season but it’s safety first. I love the idea of extending the playoffs and 70 games is the way to go, but they have to get them started to get the 70 games to declare a champion,” Marshall said.
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