Gov. Polis hoping for return of MLB baseball

Posted at 10:36 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 11:13:39-04

DENVER — The MLB is still deciding between players and owners if the 2020 season will take place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This past week, Governor Jared Polis said in an interview that he hopes America's pastime will be played this year.

"We need our national pasttime," said Gov. Polis. "We need our sports. I know it's a financial hit. The players and the owners are sharing that hit. But as a consumer, as someone who watched baseball - I'm a big Rockies fan - I hope they can get it together and make it happen."

According to an AP source, Major League Baseball told the players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks.

Teams say the proposed method of salvaging a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic would still cause a $4 billion loss and would give major league players 89% of revenue.

Owners voted Monday to propose salaries be based on a 50-50 split of revenue, a framework players say is tantamount to the kind of salary cap they will never accept. Teams gave the players' association their virus-testing plan Friday and are waiting to make their economic proposal.