MLB and players' union moving closer to agreement; season could extend into late November

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Major League Baseball and the players union are close to reaching an agreement on critical economic issues with hopes of salvaging the majority of the 162-game season, according to an MLB executive with knowledge of the negotiations, even if it means playing the World Series in late November.

The executive spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

The deal, which could be announced as early as Thursday — when opening day was originally scheduled — would include a commitment from MLB and the players to play close to a full regular-season schedule as possible, providing the COVID-19 crisis dissipates and permits them to even start a season.

The two sides would like to play at least 100 games, scheduling regular-season games through October and including weekly doubleheaders. They have also discussed the idea of expanding the current playoff format to help offset the loss of income, while acknowledging that if cold weather becomes an issue in…

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