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The MLB clause that led to today's doubleheader

UPDATE, 12:07: The clause goes back to the mid-90s, and was inserted then because of the smaller stadium capacities the Red Sox and Cubs had compared to the other teams that played in larger multi-purpose stadiums.

DEVELOPING: Here is the clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that allowed the Red Sox to schedule a split-doubleheader today without the Rays consent, specifically paragraph (b):


Additional Scheduling Agreements

(1) Split doubleheaders may be included in the original schedule
pursuant to Section E below. Provided that neither of the Clubs
involved in the proposed rescheduled game has already played or
has been rescheduled to play a total of three split doubleheaders
(exclusive of any splits in the original schedule) in that champion-
ship season:
(a) each Club shall have the right to reschedule any postponed
game as a split doubleheader when ticket sales for the game at the
time of postponement exceed, in any respect, the number of com-
parable tickets available to be exchanged by the Club for the bal-
ance of the championship season, and both the postponed and
rescheduled game occur in the last regularly scheduled series
between the two Clubs at the Club's park; and
(b) when there is no practical alternative to doing so, the
Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs shall have the right to
reschedule a postponed game as a split doubleheader to be played
in, respectively, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, even if the cri-
teria set out in subparagraph (a) above are not met. Scheduling a
postponed game as part of a conventional doubleheader will not
be considered a practical alternative




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