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Volume 26 No. 181
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Details Emerge On MLS' Possible Orlando Return Plan

MLS under its Orlando plan "would welcome teams for workouts and multiple matches per day, which ESPN platforms would carry," as the league eyes "opportunities to bond with fans through behind-the-scenes packages and interactive engagement on ESPN and the league's digital platforms," according to Steven Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. It is "unclear whether the league's other TV partners, Fox Sports and Univision, would show games." Sources said that players "would not be allowed to bring their families." Goff writes for those with children, it "would place a long-term burden on wives, and in general, put emotional strains on relationships." The league also would "have to consider the health and safety of hotel and stadium employees, bus drivers, security and TV crews, and accredited media." Presumably, MLS "would have a contingency plan in place in case anyone tests positive." Meanwhile, the league has "braced for not playing any games until September, at the earliest." League officials have said that they "would consider playing a truncated schedule into the winter and holding MLS Cup at a predetermined, warm-weather site in early 2021" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/12).