The Major League Baseball season is back with many twists, but Atlanta Braves owner Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LSXMA) is committed to safely give "the fans what they want which is baseball," Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei said on CNBC.
What To Know: It's very important for sports fans to see their beloved game "in the best way possible," Maffei said. The players and league got together and struck an agreement to develop a safe way to make a shortened 60 game season to happen.
"Baseball is exciting and I think it's in the national interest and in the interest of America to get it going," he said.
Why It's Important: Atlanta Braves first baseman and four-time All Star Freddie Freeman contracted the COVID-19 virus and experienced a high temperature of 104.5 degrees before recovering. He has since received medical clearance to play and is expected to be in the opening day lineup on Friday, Maffei said.
Other unnamed players also contracted the virus and are "recovering well" and the league deserves credit for implementing a series of protocols that may even make it safer for players to be on the field than at home.
What's Next: Demand for sports is "way up" as evidenced by impressive ratings for golf and Formula 1 events, Maffei said. Encouragingly, the league hasn't given up on the notion that fans will be able to return to stadiums this season.
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