Major League Baseball owners approve plan to start games in July

Major League Baseball owners approved a proposal to start baseball games in July, the Associated Press reports. The season could start on July Fourth weekend without fans in stadiums, and spring training could start in mid-June.

MLB officials were expected to present the proposal to the players’ union Tuesday. Negotiations are expected to be difficult.

With the late start to the season, each team would play about 82 games, with postseason play increasing from 10 clubs to 14.

Aside from potential health risks involved with the plan, another contentious part is the revenue split. The proposal would give players the percentage of their 2020 salaries based on a 50-50 split of revenues that MLB receives.

Players agreed to a deal in March that guaranteed them a percentage of their salary based on the number of games played. However, union officials stated that players are more concerned with medical protocol and testing procedures.

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