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South Side Sox Reacts: The 2021 Schedule

Shorten the season, now and/or for good? Nah

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Much about how the 2021 season will play out is still unknown, but the league appears to be moving forward despite concerns over COVID-19. Last year, the schedule was cut by more than half, to only 60 games. There doesn’t seem to be a need for the 2021 season to be shortened to that degree, but there has been talk of reducing the number of games due of health concerns.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, fans want things to go back to normal with a full season. Nearly two-thirds of fans around the country said they hope the season isn’t shortened at all.

Even among the 38% who would approve of a shortening, many don’t want a large chunk of games taken away: 72% of fans want at least 141 games played, with only 16% asking for 121-140 games and 12% calling for fewer than 120 games.

Aside from the pandemic concerns of 2020-21, there have been regular calls for the season to be shortened over the years. But those feelings aren’t shared by the vast majority of fans surveyed. More than three-fourths of fans wouldn’t want any reduction of the season to be permanent.

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