March 26th came and went, but one thing that stayed behind, was the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season.
Almost a full two weeks later, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding when baseball will start, and if so, how they would go about playing the games.
With how contagious COVID-19 is, nearly the entire country is under some form of a stay at home order. One thing that comes with playing professional sports is having large crowds attend the games, which is impossible under the current situation.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes the chances of teams playing home games this summer are becoming “increasingly remote”. Major League Baseball is looking at alternatives, such as playing games at spring training facilities in Arizona and/or Florida with no fans in attendance.
Although, this seems like a reasonable way to for the baseball season to eventually start, there are many hoops to jump through to make this happen. The league would have to ensure that all the players, the media and anyone else in attendance are not sick or contagious with this virus. The league and players association would also need to agree on how to handle the lost revenue from the many streams of revenue that come with fans attending games.
This is far from a safe bet, but baseball fans from all over are hoping that Major League Baseball can find a solution.
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