MLB’s thirty teams are likely to suspend revenue-sharing for the 2020 season, according to Ken Rosenthal and Even Drellich of The Athletic (subscription link).
Whether and how the 2020 season will resume remains to be seen, but it’s now a certainty that fans won’t be in the seats when it does. And any hopes for a return of fans this year — at least in significant numbers — seem rather optimistic, though surely some jurisdictions will handle things quite differently than others.
The typical sharing of 48% of gameday revenue really won’t be possible in a season in which there likely won’t be any to pass around. Rather than trying to distribute whatever might otherwise come within the purview of the program, it’s expected to be scrapped altogether.
The MLB Players Association has already agreed to allow modification of revenue-sharing rules for 2020 and 2021. It’s obviously too soon to know what plans might be proposed for the latter campaign.