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MLB team owners propose 76-game season; July 4 start unlikely

June 8 (UPI) — Major League Baseball team owners made a new proposal to players for a resumed season on Monday with a tentative schedule of 76 games and a July 10 start to the suspended 2020 campaign.

Sources told ESPN, The Athletic and MLB Network about the proposal.

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Players would receive 75 percent of their salaries under the terms of the new plan.

The offer likely nixes a previous tentative start date of July 4. Owners had considered a 50-game schedule last week. The parties also have considered 82 games.

Under the latest proposal, the season would end Sept. 27 and the post-season would end no later than Oct. 31. Players would have 85 days to complete an 82-game schedule if they started the season July 4. They would have 79 days to complete a 76-game schedule if they started July 10.

Teams would not receive draft pick compensation this off-season. The proposal also includes a $ 200 million post-season pool for players.

Team owners previously rejected a proposal from the Major League Baseball Players Association. The union’s offer included 114 games, an expanded post-season and no additional salary cuts from the prorated wages to which players with owners in March.

The MLB season has been suspended since mid-March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The season was scheduled to start March 26.

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