We'll see. Dana White was supposed to be "dead serious about doing" UFC 249; so much for that.The details are here.
Major League Baseball and its players are increasingly focused on a plan that could allow them to start the season as early as May in greater Phoenix and has the support of high-ranking federal public health officials, sources told ESPN.www.espn.com
It sounds like they're dead serious about doing this. I like the part about no mound visits, not even by the catcher. It also gives them a chance to test out the electronic pitch calling so the home plate umpire can stay away from the catcher.
Obviously base runners would be required to take leadoffs of at least six feet, which means Miguel Cabrera would get picked off every time.
Managers would not be allowed to scream in umpire's faces. No fun.
No fans at all. But some of the players would be mic'ed. Just don't do Lindor - he never shuts up.
It will be like sitting alone in an empty theater watching a comedy. The lines are funny but nobody is laughing. But it beats missing the play entirely.
I can't see the players sitting in the stands instead of crammed together in the dugouts, at least not for day games in Arizona in the middle of summer unless they all have beach umbrellas.
It seems to me they would lose less money just not playing the season as opposed to paying the players their full salaries without any ticket sales to offset the expense.
Regarding your last point, I am trying to find the analysis I read a few days ago that having no 2020 season could be near-fatal for many MLB franchises or at least their affiliates.