Archive for June 19th, 2020

NCAA Football Approved, MLB’s Latest Proposals, Belmont Stakes Saturday, NBA Honors Juneteenth


The NCAA approved a schedule to start the 2020 season on time. The six-week calendar will begin in mid-July, and teams will be required to practice for four weeks before playing their first game.


MLB owners submitted another proposal attempting to start the season on July 19th or 20th and allowing for a 60-game season and a 16-game postseason. The players countered with their own proposal for a 70-game season with prorated salaries based on the number of games played (including $50 million in playoff bonuses). It’s important to note that in the 60-game scenario, the Washington Nationals (World Series champions last year) would not have made the playoffs last season.


The Triple Crown series begins on Saturday with the Belmont Stakes. The Belmont is typically the third leg of the Triple Crown (with the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness legs one and two), but with COVID-19 precautions, the Derby will be run on September 5th and the Preakness on October 3rd. The Belmont is the longest of the races, but for the horses not used to running such long distances at the start of the season, they will now run 1 1/8 miles instead of 1 1/2 miles. Tune in at 5:42 pm ET, broadcast on NBC.


For the first time in league history, the NBA has given employees paid time off for Juneteenth. The NBA said it wanted to give employees a chance to reflect on black history and racial injustice.

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