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Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their campaigns Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of its governing body claimed that more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of declaring bankruptcy without government assistance or injections of private capital. .

The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the governing body of the minor leagues created in September 1901, made the long-awaited announcement.

The minor leagues had never canceled a campaign.

“We are a business that depends on the attendance of the fans at the matches. We have no national television revenue, ”National Association President Pat O’Conner said during a digital press conference. “At one point we broached the subject: Well, can we play without fans? That was one of the shortest conversations in the past six months. It just doesn’t make sense. “

O’Conner calculated that between 85% and 90% of revenue comes from ticket sales, product sales at park facilities, parking fees, and stadium advertising. Last year, 176 teams from 15 minor leagues attracted 41.5 million fans, an average of 4,044 per game.

Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are planning a regular 60-game season, but most of their income will come from television broadcasts.

“I had a conversation with the commissioner, and it was impossible for us to find a way that would allow us to play matches,” O’Conner said. “It was not a conflicting decision on our part.”

O’Conner noted that many minor league teams had received resources pursuant to the Federal Flexibility Act of the Payroll Protection Program.

“That was a band-aid for bleeding in an industry,” he said. “Many of our clubs have applied one, two, maybe three rounds of leave to their employees. In our office here, we have had various levels of cuts to executive and personal pay, and we have also licensed some people, and a second round of licenses is yet to come. ”

O’Conner expressed confidence in the approval of measure 7023 of the House of Representatives that would facilitate $ 1 billion in federal credits repayable in 15 years to businesses whose income in 2019 has totaled $ 35 million or less and “have derived contractual obligations for renting, renting, paying bonds for publicly owned sports facilities, museums and community theaters.

In addition, the Professional Baseball Agreement between the majors and the minors expires on September 30, and the MLB has proposed to reduce the minimum of members from 160 to 120.

“There is no doubt that the pandemic has weakened us somewhat economically,” O’Conner said. “I don’t think it has challenged our determination. I don’t think it has affected our desire to stay together and reach a good agreement. ”

There have been no substantial talks for about six weeks.

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Royals Cam Gallagher learns he has coronavirus after game

Royals catcher Cam Gallagher, who played in a simulated game Friday, tested positive for COVID-19 — becoming the fourth Kansas City player, and second catcher, in the past week to contract the virus.

Gallagher, 27, must quarantine and will not be allowed to rejoin the team until he has two consecutive negative tests, is free of fever for at least 72 hours and is cleared by a doctor, in accordance with MLB protocol. It is unclear if the test was administered before Gakkagher participated in Friday’s scrimmage.

“To say this caught me by surprise would be an understatement,” Gallagher said in a statement. “I played in last night’s intrasquad game and felt great, then received the news this morning that my most recent test had come back positive. I am asymptomatic and will continue to work as hard as I can to stay ready while I quarantine. The first couple of weeks of workouts have just made me that much more excited about tour ballclub and I can’t wait to rejoin them and compete as soon as I’m allowed.”

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The Royals have not announced if other players or staff will be forced to go into isolation — pending new rounds of negative tests — since several people were in close proximity to Gallagher during Friday’s intrasquad game. As a catcher, Gallagher was unable to adhere to social distancing with every player who came to bat. Additionally, Gallagher touched countless balls he threw back to multiple pitchers, though it is unclear of the risk the virus presents upon reaching the surface of a baseball.

According to MLB protocol, any player who comes into contact with someone displaying symptoms are required to be tested as soon as possible.

Last week, Royals catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn and pitcher Brad Keller all tested positive for COVID-19.

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