MLB Reportedly Considering Playoff Bubble Format

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Report: MLB discussing playing post-season in bubble-type format

No final decisions have been made, but the 16-team first round of the postseason could be played at three different ballparks, ESPN reports.

That kind of result would be much more devastating if it were to take place throughout the playoffs, so the league is at least considering a bubble format for the fall, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

Pro hockey has created its two-city system, one in Edmonton and the other in Toronto.

"Southern California, the greater Chicago area and the NY metropolitan area make the most sense", the article stated.

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The NBA, NHL, WNBA and Major League Soccer are the most prominent leagues to house their teams and compete at one or two central locations this year.

Furthermore, there is also the chance of the wild-card games still being completed at home stadiums.

The division series would feature two games a day in two sites. Given everything that is at stake for the league, a bubble might be the only way to end the 2020 season with an unquestioned World Series champion.

The World Series would be held at a single site or perhaps both. "Our only chance is to start planning a post-season bubble", a team president explained.

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Once in the bubble, family members must quarantine and then agree to follow the same restrictions applied to players and staff. The league sees them coming a mile away and has defined the term in detail.


After all, players are willingly and admittedly disobeying rules and protocols to keep teams safe, which isn't the best look for Major League Baseball or the MLBPA.

Regardless, here's hoping league officials figure something out along the way.

"We've described the team environments as a virtual football bubble, meaning they're all together obviously under our protocols during the large chunk of their day", Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, told reporters last week.

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