The logistical aspects of starting the 2020 MLB season after it’s been suspended since March are not the biggest hurdles.
While COVID-19 testing and finding a way to keep players safe is certainly a big issue, it’s about the finances between Major League Baseball and its players. The league is pushing for revenue share on top of prorated salary for the planned 82-game season. Players are obviously pushing back against that.
Though, there’s seemingly some good news on this front. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there’s growing optimism that the two sides will come to terms on an agreement.
As Heyman notes, MLB will likely offer up a deal to the players at some point early next week. The two sides have engaged on talks regarding player safety and protocol during the pandemic. That seems to be a secondary issue.
Realistically, neither side can afford for the season not to start in July because of the finances. It would be a major black eye for the players and league given the current economic situation in the United States.
That should push both sides through the finish line.