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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baseball Changes Playoffs

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- Realignment of the American and National leagues into three divisions each and adoption of an extra playoff round for 1994 became a reality Wednesday when owners accepted a union proposal on player compensation during the new five-game playoff.

Call it a goodwill gesture by the owners in preparation for the difficult attempt to get the players to agree to a salary cap in the impending collective bargaining negotiations.

The players will receive 80 percent of the gate from the first three games of the new playoff round, about $9.6 million based on a $20 ticket, Ravitch said. They will continue to receive 60 percent of the gate from the first four games of the league championship series and World Series.

Since their new TV agreement calls for the owners to be paid on a per-game basis during the postseason rather than receiving a lump sum, the players had hoped to be paid on the same basis but offered the higher percentage -- 80 compared to 60 -- as an alternative, Fehr said.

The deal finalized the six-division format and an extra playoff tier that will include the three division winners and a wild-card team from each league. In each league's first postseason tier, the division winner with the best record will play the wild-card team (unless that team is from the same division) and the other two division winners will meet in the other playoff series. The two winners play in the League Championship Series for the chance to reach the World Series.