CLEVELAND — As the official start of summer approaches, the 2020 MLB season remains in question.
In fact, baseball's owners and teams have never seemed as far apart as they do now, with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred admitting to ESPN's Mike Greenberg that he's no longer 100 percent certain that the 2020 season will occur in some form.
"I'm not confident. I think there's real risk; and as long as there's no dialogue, that real risk is gonna continue," Manfred told Greenberg.
"The owners are a hundred percent committed to getting baseball back on the field," he continued. "Unfortunately, I can't tell you that I'm a hundred percent certain that's gonna happen."
With baseball's season in question -- if not doubt -- 3News' Jay Crawford joined Ben Axelrod for a digital exclusive to discuss the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the players and the impact they could have on the future of the sport. Among the topics discussed between Jay and Ben include the following:
- How baseball wound up in this spot in the first place.
- The reality some owners might not want a 2020 season to happen.
- What both sides haven't been willing to concede in negotiations.
- The ongoing tensions between the players and the owners.
- The impact that no 2020 season would have on the future of the sport.
- What possible path exists for baseball to get its 2020 on track.
You can watch Jay and Ben's full discussion in the video player above or the YouTube player below: