Cuomo open to baseball returning in New York this year
by Bryan Fonseca
May 20, 2020 | 6270 views | 0 0 comments | 583 583 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the possibility of the Mets and Yankees playing baseball this season during his daily coronavirus briefing on Saturday.

As Major League Baseball continues to move toward a condensed 2020 season, many questions have been raised as to whether or not games will even be played. And though it’s been accepted that sporting events will take place without fans initially, games are likely to occur at a few locations to minimize travel.

Still, Cuomo says New York could be ready.

"If you have an economic activity that can take place and generates economic interest and entertainment interest, when you look at the risk-reward, there's a lot of reward with minimal risk,” Cuomo said.

That all hinges, however, on New York continuing social distancing while the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to drop.

Cuomo said he’s had conversations with baseball officials regarding the 2020 season, and added that he plans to protect “non-playing workers” at sporting events in New York.

Currently, MLB owners are proposing an 82-game season – roughly half of a typical 162-game calendar – that would begin in early July. The proposal was presented to the players Tuesday.

Also, under the 82-game season, the typical 30-team, six-division league would be split into three ten-team divisions. The realignment would see American and National League teams join into three separate divisions: East, West and Central.

Teams in the East would include the Mets and Yankees, along with their AL and NL East counterparts, except the Atlanta Braves, who would play in the Central in exchange for the Pittsburgh Pirates playing in the East Division.

The remaining Central teams would be made up of the current AL and NL Central clubs, with the West comprising of teams from the NL and AL West.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that players largely are displeased with the portion of the proposal that includes a 50-50 revenue split with ownership.

There’s still not a final decision made as talks are ongoing, but according to Cuomo New York will remain ready.
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