Rob Manfred cancelling the season 2020 the MLB would be without precedent; that is what it could mean for the future of baseball?

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    L'arrêt du coronavirus de la Major League Baseball s'est transformé en une véritable guerre du travail. La MLB et la MLBPA négocient l'économie depuis des semaines maintenant et il y a quelques jours, le syndicat a appelé le bluff de la ligue et a chargé le commissaire Rob Manfred de planifier unilatéralement la saison selon les termes de l'accord de mars des deux parties. "Dites-nous quand et où (signaler)", le chef du syndicat Tony Clark a déclaré.

Since, Manfred responded by saying that he was “not confident” that baseball would be played in 2020. He said that a few days only after having ensured that baseball would be played this season, ” 100% “. The MLBPA away from the table, and the threat of a grievance have changed the calculation. Now, Manfred is not sure of being able to play baseball.

“Professional baseball is on the decline. The wages should be lowered or the interest of the public must be increased one way or another. If one or the other does not happen, bankruptcy stares every team in the face, ” said an owner of the MLB, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The owner: Al Spalding in 1881. The owners of baseball mourn for centuries. Nothing has changed.

Of course, the season 2020 could be cancelled for reasons that have nothing to do with the economy. The case COVID-19 are on the rise in several States and it may simply not be safe to play baseball. If the season 2020 was cancelled, whatever the reason, it would be historical and would have a dramatic impact on the game in the long term. Here are four ways to proceed.

A season is cancelled would be unprecedented

Never before the baseball has cancelled an entire season without a single game being played. There were at least a season partial played around of all work stoppages in the past. In addition, the national hockey League is the only sports league major in North America to have cancelled an entire season. The NHL has missed the 2004-05 season due to a lockout of the owners.

This would be the third world Series cancelled

The world series 2020 could be the third world series cancelled in baseball history. The world Series of 1904 was not played because the New York Giants refused to play against the Americans, of Boston, claiming that the american League was a league to be ” minor “. The two leagues were then regarded as commercial rivals. The world series of 1994 has been cancelled following the strike of the players.

The attendance in the future may decline

Even before the pandemic COVID-19, the attendance of the MLB has been declining in recent years. After a peak of 79.5 million fans in 2004, the attendance has gradually fallen to reach 68.5 million last season, the lowest since 2003 (67.3 million). Persistent concerns in the event of a pandemic, and fans upset by the league could lead to a sharp decline in attendance in the future.

Don’t forget that the attendance has increased from 31 256 fans per game in 1994 to 25 021 fans per game in 1995 after the strike. It is only in 2006 (31 306 fans per game) that the attendance of the MLB is returned to its level prior to the strike.

The beginning of the end for one or more franchises?

Despite a record of 74-40 in 1994, the strike marked the beginning of the end for the Montreal Expos. The attendance has considerably decreased due to the stoppage of work and money problems have forced the team to unload star players like Marquis Grissom, Ken Hill and Larry Walker. The franchise has never recovered and eventually moved to Washington and became the Nationals in 2005.

It is possible, even likely, that MLB currently is undergoing financial difficulties such that it may need to exchange star players to clear the wage bill or even go bankrupt, and end up moving with new owners. It has already happened. It can reproduce.

        

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