One of the biggest sporting events to bet on in the United States is Major League Baseball. Not only is it American's pastime, but it also offers more games than any other sport, which gives people more chances to wager.
Over the last few weeks, there have been talks to re-open baseball, and people can't wait to bet on it. The question remains, “When will it happen and what will it look like?”
Right now all of that is in the hands of the players' union and the owners of the various major league baseball teams. Both want to get play restarted but under completely different directions.
Games were supposed to start in late March, but due to the coronavirus obviously that did not happen. Right now both sides are talking about maybe reopening on June 30th. Whether there would be fans in the stands or not is still being negotiated.
The players want a 114-game regular season. They also want their pay lifted to cover the amount of time they didn't play the game for reasons outside of their control. The owners want an 82 game season with players only getting their regular per game salary for those games.
Either way would make for an odd baseball season. Under the players' demands, the regular season would end on Oct. 31. Then the playoffs would begin. That would mean that the World Series would be held after Thanksgiving – something that has never come close to happening before. Nobody can predict what effect the colder weather would have on the game – making it very interesting for gamblers.
The owners' proposal of a shorter season would have the World Series start before Thanksgiving, but it would still be later in the year than normal. Obviously the owners want fewer games so they have to pay the players less. And equally, obviously, the players and the fans want more games so that they can earn more money either by playing or by betting.
Negotiations are expected to continue and should hopefully be resolved in a week or two.
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