Manfred: MLB ‘pressing ahead to have fans’ for NLCS, World Series

Follow The Money discussion on the reports that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is being pressed by fans to have spectators in the stands in Texas for the World Series and beyond.

So far, the 2020 MLB season has been played in stadiums across the U.S. without fans — unless you count cardboard cutouts or computer-generated figures on television broadcasts.

But that could change for the post-season, as MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league is “pressing ahead to have fans in Texas,” where the Rangers’ home Globe Life Field will host the National League Championship Series and the World Series.

“One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans,” Manfred said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with USA Today. “Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Last week, MLB and the MLB Players Association reached an agreement on a handful of bubble locations for the upcoming playoffs: San Diego and Los Angeles for the American League Divisional Series; Arlington and Houston for the NLDS; San Diego and Arlington for the respective championship series; and Arlington for the World Series.

The playoffs begin on Sept. 29, while the NLCS is tentatively scheduled to start Oct. 12. Globe Life Field, which opened two months ago, holds 40,300.

Tickets for the NLCS and World Series are expected to be on sale soon. The quantity of allowed fans per game is not known at this time.

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