All 30 Major League Baseball Clubs Collectively Sued League Insurance Providers For Losses Due To COVID-19 -Lawuit

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The 30 MLB teams, the Baseball Commissioner’s Office, MLB Digital and Streaming Services, MLB Network and Tickets.com have collectively sued their insurance providers, citing massive property damage and loss of life. “Element of time” clubs and their affiliates have suffered due to the pandemic, according to the lawsuit filed in Alameda County, Calif., Obtained by CNN.

The lawsuit, filed Oct. 16, says the MLB bought “first-rate all-risk policies” to protect baseball “from the risk of catastrophic economic loss” it now faces as a result of the pandemic.

“Baseball has paid millions of dollars in premiums year after year because it purposely bought broad and more protective coverage,” but insurers “have very publicly refused to honor their contractual obligation to pay what they had. promised ”, according to the lawsuit.

CNN has contacted the insurance companies named in the lawsuit for a response and has yet to receive a response.

Citing fans as being at the heart of baseball’s revenue, the lawsuit claims fans have traveled to baseball stadiums “through two world wars and a host of other local, regional, national and global crises” because ” whenever America faces a crisis, baseball – and watching baseball games – was a common bond that united the country. “

In the face of national restrictions due to the pandemic, clubs have canceled more than 1,500 games, resulting in the shortest regular season on record.

“COVID-19 has forced clubs to play this entire shortened regular season without that core: the fans in the stands,” according to the costume.

A limited number of fans have been allowed to attend the National League Championship Series and the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Lawsuit says teams lost income they relied on from ticket sales, concessions, parking and merchandise sales, plus more than $ 1 billion in losses on media broadcast rights local and national.

The MLB began its 60-game season in July, four months after the opening day was postponed. Normally, the 30 MLB teams each play 162 games from late March to early October, followed by a playoff series.

“Due to COVID-19, Major League Baseball entities, including those of the 30 Major League clubs, have suffered significant financial losses due to our inability to play games, host fans and to conduct normal business operations for much of 2020 We firmly believe that these losses are fully covered by our insurance policies, and we are confident the court and jury will agree, ”MLB said in a communicated.

CNN’s Alaa Elassar and Wayne Sterling contributed to this report.

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