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MLB Commissioner says 2020 season may not happen

Rob Manfred Major League Baseball Commissioner AP Images
Rob Manfred Major League Baseball Commissioner AP Images(AP Images)
Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 5:32 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2020 at 10:12 PM CDT
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NEW YORK CTY, N.Y. (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players’ union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.The league also revealed several players have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two days after union head Tony Clark declared additional negotiations futile, Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem sent a seven-page letter to players’ association chief negotiator Bruce Meyer asking the union whether it will waive the threat of legal action and tell MLB to announce a spring training report date and a regular-season schedule.

These were just the latest escalating volleys in a sport viewing disagreements over starting the season as a preliminary battle ahead of bargaining to replace the labor contract that expires on Dec. 1, 2021.

“It’s just a disaster for our game, absolutely no question about it,” Manfred said during an appearance on ESPN