It will have to be all about revenue vs. expenditures. Where do teams save money (travel) and where do they lose money (fans in the stands and monies from concessions et al). They have to renegotiate advertising contracts, many from businesses that will have more limited advertising budgets. Back of the house staff will suffer...no gameday employees, ticketing cut to pieces, sales etc.)
I still haven't heard how the players will be paid. Full salaries and such/ How does that work, with the contracts and all. Like the Twins, you gotta come up $130 million to pay just the players. How will they do that.
The ones who suffer are the minor league teams. How do these guys keep up their skill set. Do many consider it a lost season. The investment is still there by the majors in many many prospects. But the farm teams have bigger challenges for schedules and playing without fans in the stands and the cost to just run daily operations. But there is a need to keep at least 100 of your prospects in the fold.
The minor league free agent, the guy on the cusp, will really suffer in the shortened season. You keep internal prospects in tow rather than random AAAA guys, especially if rosters are expanded and the season (yes) is shorter.
Also, what is the incentive to do anything but play ball. We maight see more fun in the game, in some ways, as you either have a winning team (or super win team) or just part of the game, glad you have a job, and your stats are going to be dismal and worthless in the sense of bragging (his stats, if he played 162 games, would be....instead of....).
Sports as a whole will be dismal until testing and a vaccine happens. How do ALL sports adapt to this new world of playing mainly for TV. It can be done. But still not sure when people will tire of watching everything from home, six-feet apart...be it sports, concerts, fairs and festivals.
We read the results of the aircraft carrrier. Young healthy guys will survive. Many will get sick, only a few compromised. Someone may die. But we still don't know about total transmission, will it come back, and we do know it puts emotional strains on interacting with family and friends in general. Can ballplayers stay a closeknit group for a short season, shunning the public and family for the sake of employment? How much need do you need for front office employees and stadium support staff and their interaction with each other, going home and coming back.
And where does the revenue come from to pay the bills. Who takes cuts. Who can and cannot survive financially.