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MLB union makes counter proposal in pay dispute with league owners

Getty ImagesThe Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has submitted a counter proposal to league owners as negotiations aimed at beginning the suspended 2020 season enter a critical week. According to reports in the US, the union is proposing a 114-game regular season that would run from 30th June to 31st October, with all players given the opportunity to opt out of the season and to have their 2020 salaries deferred if the postseason were to be cancelled. MLBPA representatives are also said to have proposed an expanded playoff structure - rising from ten teams to 14 - for 2020 and 2021, and an advance of US$100 million to cover player wages during pre-season training. Major League Baseball (MLB), which suspended spring training and postponed the start of its planned 162-game regular season in March, is aiming to salvage its 2020 campaign with a shortened schedule, but it must first come to an agreement with its union. MLB draft to air on ESPN for first time since 2008In March, the two sides agreed on a modified salary structure that included a lump-sum advance of US$170 million to cover player wages for April and May, as well as prorated salaries for the remainder of the season. Last month, however, MLB owners presented the union with a revised economic plan for the 2020 season that included a 50/50 split of revenue and a sliding scale of pay reductions for players.

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