Sources: MLB Will Defer To Local Municipalities On Fans At Games
MLB is "inclined to allow local and municipal governance to take precedence when it comes to allowing fan attendance at games" if the '20 season is played, according to sources cited by Evan Grant of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Texas is the "only state to have opened to pro sports with fans, though some other states have indicated they would consider adjusting their stances as they meet various thresholds in containing the coronavirus outbreak." The state is home to two MLB clubs, the Rangers and Astros. Grant writes MLB’s position is "significant on two levels." The first is that it "could create something of an unequal home-field advantage for those teams that do allow fans." The second: It "could potentially create additional revenues that owners would be willing to share with players in the 50-50 revenue split the league proposed to the MLBPA when negotiations started." However, the MLBPA has indicated that it "views revenue-sharing as a de facto salary cap and considers it a dead issue." Grant notes the Rangers' new Globe Life Field "could play host to about 20,000 fans" under Texas' proposed guidelines (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/5).