But just as the now widespread use of the replay moment to determine whether a large number of calls that referees make during a match are correct, the institution of the electronic zone seems inevitable. The persistence of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) had a general impact on the 2020 Major League Baseball season. The start of the season has been postponed for the most part sine die. Initially, the regular season was scheduled to begin on March 26. As part of the consequences that there is no baseball game at this time, MLB and the Players` Association (MLBPA) have begun discussions on player salaries for this season. MlB referees were in a similar position, with a dispute reported again Thursday night, according to The Athletic Ken Rosenthal. Seeing how referees accept a specific figure in the salary cut is also a good step towards a season. The contract will last five years, until the 2019 season. The two sides had initially agreed in December. The next steps in ratifying the five-year agreement are expected in January 2020. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the new agreement provides for “substantial” increases in pension and salary benefits.
There are also provisions that, it seems, allow for early retirement. This scoring system is currently used to give orders to referees in jewel events such as the All-Star Game, the playoffs and the World Series. And in the new agreement, the referees agreed to work with the system that will be tested for several seasons in the minor leagues before making its Big League debut, The Associated Press. This comes after intense negotiations between the MLB and the UMPires Union on remuneration. Referees met Wednesday for eight hours on Zoom to discuss whether to accept MLB`s proposal. The referees sent a hold letter to the league, which would keep negotiations going on, while the referees agreed not to file a claim, with their salaries being withheld in May. The new contract will need to be approved by arbitrators and the 30 owners of MLB, a process that is expected to be concluded at some point in January, the commissioner`s office said in a statement.