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US government rolls back MLB, Cuba deal

The US government has moved to end a deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation, stating that the agreement initially reached under the administration of former President Barack Obama does not tie in with current views on the status of Cuba.

The historic deal, which was finally signed off in December, had been set to allow MLB clubs to pay the Cuban Baseball Federation a release fee equating to 25 per cent of each Cuban player’s signing bonus, meaning Cuban athletes would no longer be forced to defect to play in the North American league after having been barred from returning to their home country.

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