“If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year,” said Fauci.
Manfred made reference to Fauci’s comments while negotiations with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLPBA) have stalled. With football under threat as worries about the second wave intensify, the MLB will have to decide its future as soon as time runs out.
“Dr. Fauci tells us that football should be played in quarantine. The other two sports [the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League] are in their forties, “Manfred told The Associated Press. Our guys don’t want anything to do with it.
“Number two,” added Manfred, “Fauci says we shouldn’t be playing in October, and their proposal is to extend the season,” he said, citing MLBPA’s desire to increase the number of matches played at 70, which could push the season until early November.
Manfred added that the double titles would be eliminated from any return-to-play proposal, citing health concerns of bringing “people together for that number of hours during the day.” Manfred said that MLBPA “ignored these things.”
The last war of words comes after Manfred suggested a deal following a meeting in Phoenix with MLBPA executive director Tony Clark. Manfred said the two sides “have jointly developed a framework that we believe could form the basis of an agreement and be the subject of conversations with our respective constituents.”
Clark proposed another version of the meeting and said that an agreement was never reached because important issues had to be resolved. The union also countered the MLB’s fourth proposal, calling for a 70-game-versus-60 season to start on July 19.
MLBPA is also requesting $ 1.73 billion in total wages, up from the league’s $ 1.43 billion supply, and $ 50 million allocated to a post-season player pool, according to the Associated Press. Both plans include extended post-season games, which could benefit club owners as they can monetize additional games.
MLB hopes to join the NFL to get a boost in media rights from the added playoffs. According to industry sources, the NFL has accepted one-year agreements with CBS and NBC Sports for about $ 70 million each for hosting rights for newly created generic games. With live sports so profitable, the trend could continue in all leagues, with post-season competitions increasing advertising value.
Although both sides resolved to play the players, their full prorated wages agreed in March, Manfred rejected the MLBPA proposal. Manfred has the power to issue the start of a season, in accordance with the March agreement, but seems reluctant to use the option, as legal problems could arise.
Manfred called for the problem to be resolved, but added, “Until I speak with the owners, I cannot give you a firm deadline. ”
Fixed: The title of this story has been updated to the correct spelling of Anthony Fauci’s name.