MLBPA Proposes 70-Game Plan to MLB

MLBPA Proposes 70-Game Plan to MLB

by June 19, 2020 0 comments

After months of battling for an agreement between the two parties, the Major League Baseball Players Association finalized a new proposal to MLB for a 70-game season, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers and Jeff Passan.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark met in Phoenix, Ariz., earlier this week four a four-hour meeting to negotiate a new deal between the two parties, with MLB initially believing that a deal was reached. However, players stated earlier this week that the initial 60-game proposal was too short, hence the MLBPA’s further push to finalize a new proposal to the league.

According to ESPN, MLBPA’s new proposal consists of:

  • Full pro-rated pay
  • 70-game season from July 19 through Sept. 30
  • Spring training from June 26-28
  • Expanded playoffs from 10 to 16 teams for the 2020 and 2021 seasons
  • Universal designated hitter
  • $10 million donation from MLB to social justice initiatives and plans
  • Clubs allowed to sell patches and advertisements on uniforms in 2020 and 2021
  • 50-50 split of TV revenues for 2021 postseason games
  • Forgiveness of salary advance for Tier I-III players of the March agreement
  • Mutual waiver of grievances
  • A minimum pool for playoff shares in 2020 based on rounds played and $50 million if full playoffs are staged
  • $50 million transfer to the commissioner’s discretionary fund
  • Full salary and service for high-risk players and those living with high-risk individuals at home
  • Increased housing allowances in spring training and regular season
  • Broadcast enhancement collaborations

Based on an agreement between the two sides, MLB has the ability to implement the 2020 season of its desired length (likely 50 to 55 games), which would surely lead to a player grievance.

MLB’s deal consisted of paying players full prorated salaries while receiving an additional $25 million for playoffs and $33 million in forgiveness on the $170 million advance received from the March agreement.

Nicolette Rojo is a first-year graduate student, freelance reporter, producer, podcaster, SPJ and BEA member who covers NFL, MLB and other breaking new across all professional leagues. Follow on Twitter: @NicRojo242.

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