MLB, union agree to expanded playoffs for 2020 season

MLB, union agree to expanded playoffs for 2020 season

MLB, union agree to expanded playoffs for 2020 season

In 2020, a total of eight teams from each league will qualify: The three division winners, the three second-place teams in each division, and the next two remaining teams with the best record.

Previously, MLB has streamed live matches via United States technology giant Intel's True View platform, offering one weekly game broadcast via that app as part of a three-year deal signed in June 2017.

The agreement expands the postseason field to 16 teams and pertain to just the 2020 playoffs. It also generated a 7.8 rating in the NY market, making it the highest-rated regular season Major League Baseball game on ESPN in the market since 2015.

The current 10-team postseason was implemented in 2012, when a second wild card was added in both leagues. The possibility of an extended postseason in 2020 picked up steam as it became more apparent the league would be unable to play a full regular season.

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: "We are excited to announce the expansion of the 2020 Postseason".

When the clubs and the Major League Baseball Players Association engaged in contentious talks over the length of the delayed season, MLB had proposed a 16-team playoff field for this year.

"We look forward to a memorable Postseason concluding a year like no other".

The playoffs will continue with a seven-game League Championship Series, and a seven-game World Series. For now we do know that the opening round of the postseason will be four three-game series in each league, with the top seed in the series hosting all three games.

Major League Baseball said the opening round of the playoffs would take place between September 29 and October 2, with four three-game series played at the higher seed's home stadium. "We hope it will result in highly competitive pennant races as well as exciting additional playoff games to the benefit of the industry and all involved heading into next year".

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