WNBA Returns, Roger Goodell Encouraging Teams To Sign Kaepernick, MLB Drama Continues, Harris/Blitzer Stake In Steelers

BASKETBALL

According to reports, the WNBA will have a 22-game regular season starting in late July and with games held at the IMG Academy in Florida. Players are set to earn 100% of their salaries even though they will only play 22 games instead of the full 36-game schedule.

FOOTBALL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN that he “supports and encourages” teams to sign the 32-year old former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016 when he became famous for kneeling during the national anthem in a sign of protest against racial injustice and police brutality. In the interview, Goodell said, “Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision. But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.” He went on to say, “If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us. … I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change.”

BASEBALL

The drama in the negotiations about Major League Baseball returning continues. On Monday, just five days after guaranteeing the baseball season would happen, commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “not confident” there would be a season at all.

OTHER

Josh Harris and David Blitzer, owners of the Philadelphia 76er and New Jersey Devils, acquired a stake of less than 5% in the Pittsburgh Steelers. The franchise has recently been valued at $2.8 billion. It’s also been reported the duo is exploring a bid for the New York Mets.

 

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