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MLB owners approve plan to present to players for starting 2020 season

MLB owners are presenting a plan to the players’ union for starting the 2020 season in early July. We break down the detials.

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MLB COO Robert Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark attend the MLB Welcome to Australia Press Conference at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Matt King/MLB via Getty Images

The 30 Major League Baseball owners voted on Monday to approve a plan they hope will get the 2020 season underway in early July. Ownership is expected to meet with players representatives on Tuesday, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The plan will call for an 82-game season with a 50/50 split in revenue, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The MLB writer had previously reported the split would be at least 48 percent, but it now calls for an even revenue split.

Owners and players agreed to terms for a restart in March, but language included a good faith discussion about economics if there were no fans in the stands. That is looking all but certain to guarantee a July start, and owners are now proposing an unprecedented revenue-sharing scenario for this season. Owners have never had a revenue sharing agreement of this nature with players.

There has already been player push-back because of the notion that they negotiated a deal in March and there is nothing to change from that. It remains to be seen if a 50/50 deal is enough given the players bear the primary burden of health and safety.

The proposal retains the traditional two-league, three division structure, but teams will only play teams in their division and the corresponding geographical division from the other league, according to Nightengale. Additionally, the playoffs will be expanded from 10 teams to 14 teams, there will be a universal DH for just this season, and actives rosters will be increased from 26 players to 30 players, with a 20-man taxi-squad of minor leaguers available all season.