MLB draft to air on MLB Network and ESPN

first_imgThe Major League Baseball draft, which has traditionally been shown only on MLB Network, this year will also be carried by ESPN on June 10-11.The two networks will both show the first round and the competitive balance round, which cover the first 37 selections. The two broadcasts, which will be independently produced, will begin at 4 p.m. PT. on June 10.The second day of the draft, on June 11, will be carried by MLB Network and ESPN2, beginning at 2 p.m. PT.The teams will make their selections via video conference. The draft will end after only five rounds, instead of the normal 40, a concession to the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down the sport, leaving no amateur baseball games for the teams to scout and reduced revenue for them to use to sign the players.The deadline for signing draft picks has been moved back to Aug. 1, from July 10. And much of the bonus payments will also be deferred.Also, there is a limit of $20,000 to sign any non-drafted players, which is likely to result in a free for all as teams fight to grab the hundreds of available players who would have been drafted in a normal season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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