Major League Baseball owners and players both know that they are running out of time if they hope to get the season started in early July.
"I look at it like this, they are very close on either side of a very high wall," ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn said on Cody & Gold on Thursday when asked how close the two sides are to an agreement on starting the 2020 MLB season. "They are at a point where they know that they need to resolve this in the next week or so, they're running out of time to get things started if they want to start the season in early July."
"The two sides face a couple of massive obstacles ahead of them. One is the logistics of it, the players have questions and baseball still hasn't formally finalized the plan. Then there is the revenue side of it, you hear MLB's request that they split the revenue 50/50 but MLB still hasn't formally made that request yet."
While both sides give the impression that they want a 2020 season to happen, it seems as though the negotiations haven't truly even started if neither side has made any formal offers or requests. Couple this with knowing that MLB will still have to get the ok from several different authorities who can open and close the stadiums, whether it be a state's Governor or a city health inspector and you start to have doubts that we will see baseball this summer.
Even though there is still a lot of work ahead of them to get this done, Quinn did offer hope for a 2020 season, "If they can get all of this done, the people that I've talked to think that it's a better than 50/50 chance it'll happen because everyone is so motivated."