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As if sports today couldn't get any more conflicted and confusing, MLB players have been clashing with the MLB itself over how many games they should really play this season. Management had offered an 82 game regular season, which didn't sit right with the players who are concerned about salary cuts. The players countered the MLB's offer with a 114 game regular season along with no salary cuts, which was rejected.
Extending the season any further would have the regular season going into November. MLB reasoned that extending it this far, posed a risk due to the fears of a second wave of coronavirus. This would not only mess up the postseason, but threaten $787 million in broadcast revenue.
While management has suggested it could play a short regular season of about 50 games with no more salary reductions, it has not formally proposed that concept. Earlier this week, multiple players told ESPN that they would not abide a shorter schedule, with one saying, "We want to play more games, and they want to play less. We want more baseball."
In my opinion, if they keep arguing over this, there won't be enough of the year left to have even a short season. I understand where the players are coming from, they want to play more, and not lose money while doing it. I tend to side with them on this. The league and networks losing money is a big deal as well, but we are also talking about individual player's livelihood here.