MLB Reverses Ticket Policy & Will Allow Refunds For Games Postponed Due To COVID-19

MLB Ticket Refund Policy Update

Earlier this week, USA Today reported that Major League Baseball has changed its ticket policy and will allow teams to determine their own policies for games postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which would allow ticket-holders to receive refunds. Nearly every team has released their updated policies, and you can find a link to your favorite team's update below.  

Teams are offering a variety of option for fans, including credits, exchanges, and almost all of them are now offering full refunds. Most teams are offering refunds for games scheduled through May. A full list can be seen below:


Team Time Frame 
Arizona Diamondbacks March - May
Atlanta Braves March - May
Baltimore Orioles March - May
Boston Red Sox March - May
Cincinnati Reds March - May
Chicago Cubs March - May
Chicago White Sox March - May
Cleveland Indians  March - May
Colorado Rockies March - May
Detroit Tigers March - May
Houston Astros March - May
Kansas City Royals March - May 6
Los Angeles Angels March - May
Los Angeles Dodgers March - April
Miami Marlins March - May 21
Milwaukee Brewers March - April
Minnesota Twins April
New York Mets March - April
New York Yankees April
Oakland Athletics March - May
Philadelphia Phillies March - May
Pittsburgh Pirates March - May
San Diego Padres March - May
San Francisco Giants  March - May
Seattle Mariners March - May
St. Louis Cardinals March - May
Tampa Bay Rays March - May
Texas Rangers April
Toronto Blue Jays March - May
Washington Nationals March - May

Prior to this, the MLB had told teams to treat lost games as postponements, and that those ticket buyers could use the tickets for a makeup date or another game.

It was also reported that MLB officials are optimistic that the 2020 season will happen, and most likely begin in late June or early July.  

MLB is considering a three-division, 10-team plan in which teams play only within their division – a concept gaining support among owners and executives. It would abolish the traditional American and National Leagues, and realign the divisions based on geography.

The plan, pending approval of medical experts and providing that COVID-19 testing is available to the public, would eliminate the need for players to be in isolation and allow them to still play at their home ballparks while severely reducing travel.

The article also stated that the games would most likely be played without fans in attendance. 

Team Refund Policy Updates

Secondary Market Impact

With a month of the season already wiped away, we estimate the lost revenue for secondary market MLB tickets is just under $1 billion. That estimate is based on secondary market value, average attendance from the 2019 season, and the number of games canceled. This is not a precise measure, but the simplest way to benchmark the magnitude of losses, by team. Below is a breakdown:

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Games Postponed Through May
Team Avg Price Avg Attendance Games Postponed Gross
Dodgers $102 49,066 29 $145,137,228
Yankees $109 40,795 28 $124,506,340
Cardinals $89 42,968 29 $110,900,408
Red Sox $125 36,107 29 $130,887,875
Cubs $96 38,208 30 $110,039,040
Angels $62 37,272 28 $64,704,192
Astros $69 35,276 33 $80,323,452
Brewers $63 36,091 32 $72,759,456
Phillies $68 33,672 28 $64,111,488
Nationals $98 27,899 25 $68,352,550
Mariners $61 33,429 28 $57,096,732
Rockies $45 36,954 28 $46,562,040
Braves $56 32,779 25 $45,890,600
Mets $65 30,155 32 $62,722,400
Twins $67 28,323 28 $53,133,948
Padres $57 29,585 33 $55,649,385
Rangers $68 26,333 31 $55,509,964
Diamondbacks $60 26,364 31 $49,037,040
Indians $90 21,465 31 $59,887,350
Reds $65 22,329 32 $46,444,320
White Sox $76 20,622 28 $43,883,616
Giants $64 22,120 27 $38,223,360
Athletics $72 20,521 33 $48,757,896
Blue Jays $59 21,607 30 $38,244,390
Royals $72 18,267 28 $36,826,272
Pirates $58 18,413 26 $27,766,804
Tigers $49 18,536 33 $29,972,712
Orioles $49 16,146 31 $24,525,774
Rays $56 14,552 33 $26,892,096
Marlins $58 10,016 29 $16,846,912
         
      TOTAL $1,835,595,640

 

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