June 24, 2020
By Al Ortiz
Baseball is BACK! The Major League Baseball Players Association and MLB owners cleared the absolute final obstacle in order to start a season that will ultimately be shortened due to the ongoing health crisis. The league and the union only needed to agree on safety and protocol measures, something they both did on Tuesday. The season will start on either July 23 or 24, with players reporting to their teams' facilities on July 1. The season will be shortened to 60 games, with the overall playing format looking very different from the usual. Teams will play their four divisional opponents 10 times and each of the five interleague opponents in the same geographical area four games apiece; the National League will use a designated hitter; and in extra innings, teams will begin with a runner on second base. More can be found on ESPN.com.
NBA teams, meanwhile, are preparing - according to reports - for a 'significant' number of positive COVID-19 tests, as it gears up to restart its own season at the end of July. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that an unnamed Western Conference team has already recorded four positive players. Teams are currently screening players as they return from their homes. More to come - but some players, including Lakers guard Avery Bradley, have opted out of participating in the restart.