Pandemic forces baseball’s minor leagues to cancel their 2020 seasons

Ross Houston
July 2, 2020

The MiLB's 2020 season was put on hold in mid-March along with the Big Leagues and other major sports as COVID-19 spread throughout the U.S.

Unlike their parent leagues, minor league franchises derive the majority of their income from fan attendance and onsite purchases, meaning there was likely no financial incentive to play a season without full fan attendance allowed. They won't be allowed to be reinstated by the team until they have tested negative twice, with the two tests separated by at least 24 hours, remain symptom-free for 72 hours and gain approval from a team doctor.

Most though, will reportedly simply miss an entire season of experience and instruction.

This marks the first time a Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled since the league's inception in 1901.

"While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes any uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment".

There will be no Minor League Baseball in the summer of 2020. But for baseball, actively playing without having enthusiasts would not have been economically possible. Without any fan attendance at games - a significant portion of MiLB revenue each year - minor league teams were forced to reduce their workforces and apply for financial aid through the federal Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. "Additionally, we have already begun planning for our 2021 season and can not wait to invite our wonderful fans back to the ballpark for some baseball".

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