What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale discusses the newly proposed protocol by the MLB in an effort to re-start games in a safe manner. USA TODAY

PHOENIX — Major League Baseball’s labor committee was to review an economic proposal Friday before it was formally submitted to the players union, the first major step to settle their financial differences, two MLB officials with direct knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing negotiations, said after commissioner Rob Manfred privately shared it with the 30 ownership groups in a conference call earlier that day.

The proposal is expected to include revenue sharing, which

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