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The union claims that no provision of the March 26 agreement discussed the possibility of restructuring wages in Section 4 under player compensation and listed benefits: it was apparently obtained by an agreement at the end of March for the league to provide a lump sum advance of $170 million to cover April and May, and players would receive proportional wages if or when the regular season began. According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, a league lawyer believes the current agreement explicitly outlines the requirement for fans: Remember also that the league advanced players $170 million as part of the March 26 deal. This means that some players have already received most of what they will receive in 2020. Here is a breakdown of how that $170 million was distributed. “Normally, we consider our product as two products, the live product and the broadcast product,” he said. “Given our current situation, I think the goal is to make the broadcast product, because it`s the only one we have, as entertaining as possible for the fans. We work closely with the NSN and our national partners to give the game a zeal that would satisfy our fans without having the normal mass noise and excitement generated by this environment. The agreement, a copy of which was provided to USA TODAY Sports, lists three provisions to play this year: in the absence of a financial agreement, the postseason should remain with 10 teams instead of extending 16. MLB might try to make another proposal for a bigger series. “The whole agreement assumes that the season should only resume in front of the fans,” an MLB lawyer directly involved in the negotiations, on condition of anonymity, told USA TODAY Sports because the lawyer was not allowed to speak publicly. “As structured, the season didn`t start, unless we could play with fans either in local ball parks or on neutral courts.