An email was revealed that indicates that the MLBPA knew about owners needing to renegotiate player salaries if games are played without fans. MLB is also close to presenting MiLB with its plan for franchise reorganization for 2021. The NCAA is going to allow some practices. Alton Smith is back in football. And MLS has plans for a season-restarting tournament. There are a lot of irons in the fire right now. We might see some sports soon and there’s a chance a lot of them will be playing at the same time. It could be a very fun and busy fall. That would be a nice change.
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IN THE NEWS…
– MLB and the players’ union are at a stalemate right now over a disagreement about how players should be paid if games are played without fans. The two sides previously agreed to prorate player salaries based on the number of games played. Owners want a 50-50 revenue sharing plan between them and the players for games played without fans. Players say they already reached an agreement with the owners and don’t want to take less. Owners have told the players that playing in empty stadiums doesn’t work for them economically if the players don’t take less money due to the reduced revenue. An email from a negotiator for the owners to the league office indicates that he previously discussed the revenue sharing with the players and that this should not be a surprise to them.
– Major League Baseball is close to presenting its plan for its realignment of Minor League Baseball. MLB will disclose which franchises it will include and in which league they will be participating. The changes will be in effect for the 2021 season.
– The NCAA Division I Council voted to allow voluntary workouts on campus for football and basketball beginning June 1.
– Cowboys’ defender Alton Smith was reinstated by Roger Goodell Wednesday. Smith hasn’t played since 2015 for various legal issues.
– MLS is considering a tournament in Orlando in July to start its season. Teams would train throughout June before playing a tournament which would include a minimum of five games for each team in July. Games would reportedly be played without fans. There would usually be four games per day. They are looking at Orlando to be at the home of Disney who owns where teams would stay and play. The league sees working with Disney and ESPN as the easiest way to return to playing games. The deal needs approval of the players union.
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