Found February 29, 2012 on Fox Sports:
PLAYERS: Bud Selig
TEAMS: Houston Astros
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Baseball's playoffs will expand from eight to 10 teams, starting this season, according to major-league sources. The sport's new collective-barganing agreement stipulated that additional wild cards would be added in each league no later than 2013. But commissioner Bud Selig wanted the expansion to occur immediately, and management worked with the players' union to ensure the switch to a 10-team format this season. The agreement on the additional wild cards is not yet final, and one source said there are "still a few loose ends" to resolve. But an announcement could occur as soon as Thursday, sources said. The schedule for this season already was set when the new CBA was reached, but adjustments might be required to squeeze in the new wild-card round. The final details are not known, but officials discussed changing starting times for the final day of the regular season, the one-game wild-card knockout and possibly Game 1 of the Division Series. The union, concerned about the integrity of competition, initially opposed expanding the postseason until baseball went to two 15-team leagues, something that will happen in '13 when the Houston Astros move to the AL West. Inequities in the schedule will remain in '12. The situation in '13 will be different - the regular season will end on a Sunday instead of a Wednesday, creating the extra days necessary to incorporate wild-card games in each league. The problem in '12 is that the regular season ends on Wed., Oct. 3 and the World Series will begin on FOX on Wed., Oct. 24. Squeezing in additional wild-card games never was part of the plan. Also to be determined: The networks that would broadcast the additional wild-card games.
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