Major League Baseball has allowed all 30 teams to grant refunds for tickets to games that have been postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, USA TODAY reported Tuesday.
With the 2020 season over a month behind, MLB told its teams to classify unplayed games as postponed rather than cancelled. Although league officials hope baseball will be able to return this year, the likelihood of MLB playing a full 162-game season has dwindled with each passing day.
The anticipated loss of games coupled with the expectation that fans won't be allowed in stadiums even when the season picks back up put pressure on MLB to allow teams to issue refunds, especially after two New York fans filed a class action lawsuit over refunds for Mets and Yankees tickets April 20.
By granting teams autonomy to decide whether or not to refund tickets, there's no guarantee that all 30 clubs will agree to pay back fans.
Each team has already decided to pay full-time employees through May 31, but only two have made any kind of assurances beyond that date-suggesting that many teams may not be in a financial position where they're comfortable issuing ticket refunds.
MLB has not set a target date for a resumed season.
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