As if the MLB owners haven't done enough to mess up the 2020 season already, now there are reports that a small number of owners don't want a season at all.
But that small number has some significance to it. According to Andy Martino of SNY, six owners are against playing the 2020 season. Meanwhile The Athletic is reporting that there are more than eight owners who do not want to play.
The difference in that number could be the difference in whether or not there is a season. According to the March 26 agreement that allows commissioner Rob Manfred to unilaterally set the 2020 schedule, he needs approval from 75 percent of the owners in order to move forward with any schedule he sets. That would come out to needing approval from 23 of the 30 owners.
So if Martino is correct in that only six owners don't want to play the 2020 season, then it looks like we'd be in luck whenever Manfred mandates the schedule. But if The Athletic is right that more than eight owners are against playing, then the 2020 MLB season is in more serious trouble than we thought.