5@5: Thoughts on Scott Boras’ proposal for neutral-site World Series at Christmas?

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Thursday, March 26th
David Haugh, Zach Zaidman and the crew conducted their daily 5 at 5 segment, discussing and debating a variety of questions.

-- Today was supposed to be MLB Opening Day. When the games return, should an abbreviated season count as full service time for players even if they end up playing about 50% of the normal 162-game season? And what do you think of agent Scott Boras’ proposal to play either a 144-game or 162-game regular season starting June 1 that would also include playoff series at neutral sites in domed stadiums and in California and the World Series ending around Christmas?

-- If you were a player seeking a long-term contract – like Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant or shortstop Javy Baez – would you approach your team aggressively now to sign a deal to provide long-term security, perhaps fearing that the economic sports model will have been irreparably harmed by the coronavirus layoff?

-- The Bears added offensive lineman Germain Ifedi on a one-year prove-it deal Wednesday. Ifedi was the fourth former first-round draft pick whom Bears general manager Ryan Pace added this offseason. Ifedi started 60 games in four seasons for the Seahawks, mostly at right tackle -- but the Bears may try him at guard. What do you think of the move?

-- Should college seniors who had their final season of spring sports competition wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic be permitted to return for a final year of eligibility? Would you extend that same offer to seniors in winter sports like basketball who were deprived of competing in their last championship tournament? And can anything be done about high school athletes?

-- Adam Schefter of ESPN proposed holding the seven rounds of the NFL Draft on seven different nights, with the goal to make it a bigger television spectacle and a week-long reality show of sorts. What do you think of the idea?