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Major League Baseball is finally back. 

UPDATE (Tuesday, June 23 at 8:41 p.m. ET): The remaining health and safety issue has been resolved, according to the Major League Baseball Players Association. The season will happen, which is great news.

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The negotiations between the MLB and MLB Players Association have dragged out for months, with both sides having rejected several proposals over that time. However, it appears we finally have a pathway to a 2020 season.

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ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday evening that the MLBPA has agreed to play a 60-game season, although one more health-and-safety matter needs to be resolved. 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post and USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale provided further details:

Of course, we shouldn't get too excited until a formal agreement is announced by both sides. There have been numerous reports in recent weeks of progress being made, only to have each side reject what the other was proposing. 

 

This time could be different, though. Time is running out, and both sides would be wise to strike a deal and avoid the potential disaster of a missed season.

If an agreement between the MLB and MLBPA is ultimately reached, we could have five of the major North American sports leagues playing games and/or holding training camps in July. The MLB season would start July 24, while the NBA (July 30th) and NHL (TBD) both are expected to resume their 2019-20 seasons later in the month, which is also the same time frame that NFL training camps could begin. The MLS also will kick off a World Cup-style tournament on July 8.