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MLB owners agreed to plan to start the season in July, the report said

Pro sports are coming back around the world. Does that mean there's a light at the end of the tunnel for the US?
The season, which will start on March 26, was postponed due to a coronavirus pandemic. MLB league owners and management have approved an 82-match regular season, down from 162 traditional matches, according to reports.

Spring training will begin in early to mid-June, and the match will resume in early July at a baseball stadium without fans, as long as the law and state health officials permit, the report said.

To continue this unprecedented season, all proposed ideas need to be approved by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). An MLB spokeswoman told CNN late Monday that the league plans to submit a proposal to the players’ association Tuesday. There are no detailed proposals provided by MLB.

The league and team leadership reportedly gathered for their weekly meeting on Monday to discuss plans to return to the field and the safety and economic conditions that need to be met to do so.

The March agreement outlines the main financial requirements regarding how many players will be paid in a short season.

Under the terms of the agreement, MLB players receive a $ 170 million salary advance. In return for that progress, MLBPA agreed not to challenge the loss of their 2020 salaries if the season was canceled and receive a proportionate salary if the partial season was played.

Excerpts from the agreement, given to CNN, show that if an MLB match cannot be staged in a team home stadium in front of an audience, MLB and MLBPA agree to hold a discussion in good faith about the economic viability of playing games without an audience. or on a neutral site.

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The position of MLB is that the discussion can include asking players to take further salary deductions.

“The players recently reached an agreement with Major League Baseball that outlines the economic requirements for the resumption of the game, which includes significant salary adjustments and a number of other compromises,” MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said in a statement.

“The negotiations are over. We are now focused on discussing ways to return to the field in conditions that prioritize the health and well-being of the players and their families, coaches, referees, team staff and fans.”

In March, all 30 major league teams each committed $ 1 million to help thousands of average employees affected by the delay in the start of the baseball season.

Kevin Dotson from CNN contributed to this report.

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