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Paul Sullivan: 12 questions as Major League Baseball and the players union enter a key week of negotiations

CHICAGO - The fate of the 2020 baseball season could be decided by the end of next week, which most have pointed to as a soft deadline for an agreement between MLB and the players union.

Though negotiations have been contentious - to say the least - and neither side appears willing to budge on a fair way to compensate players during a pandemic-shortened season without fans, hope springs eternal that they can reach a compromise and play ball.

Here are some things we've learned from discussions with baseball people on both sides of the issue.

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1. What is the drop-dead date for a decision to start the season?

There is none. But in order to have an 82-game season that begins by the first week of July, a spring training needs to begin by June 10. Teams believe most pitchers

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