2020 predictions and thoughts from sports industry figures

The Athletic asked sports industry leaders and analysts to give their predictions for 2020 and discuss the stories they’ll be most interested in following this year. Here’s what they said.


Scott Boras, The Boras Corporation:

2020 It’s the beginning of a new decade. The MLB Roaring twenties…

1) A Jazzy new CBA will play new tunes.

2) Sign-bootleggers will be fined and suspended.

3) Reliever prohibitions will be enforced.

4) Flappers will crowd the Clevelander in Miami and double attendance.

5) The great luxury tax depression will occur.

It’s Deja-Roaring all over again.


Cathy Engelbert, WNBA commissioner:

I see a shift in 2020 to more support for women’s sports, from a corporate sponsorship, media and fan perspective. The state of the WNBA game has never been better and we have tremendous momentum and value. I sense a few great…

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