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Progress On NBA Season, MLB Hits Standstill, Dak Prescott Pledges $1Mill For Police Training And Education

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There seems to be some progress in the NBA on restarting the season. According to reports, the NBA is proposing to send 22 teams (the top 13 from the Western Conference and the top 9 from the Eastern Conference) to Disney World for an eight-game regular season set to begin on July 31st. There is the possibility of a play-in tournament for the ninth seed, then playoffs. Commissioner Adam Silver will need approval from the NBA’s board of governors and then the Player’s Association.

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While the NHL and NBA seem to be making progress on getting their seasons back on track, Major League Baseball has appeared to hit a standstill. The players offered up a 114-game regular season with no additional salary cuts (they already agreed to a cut in March), but MLB rejected the proposal and did not offer a counter. MLB wants an 82-game regular-season schedule ending by September 27th to have time for a lucrative postseason before another potential coronavirus outbreak.

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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott pledged $1 million to improve police training and address systemic racism through education and advocacy. He is the first NFL quarterback to make a contribution this large. Prescott wrote, “As a black multiracial American, I am disgusted and unsettled! As our communities take action, protesting and fighting for the justice of George Floyd and every black life, I am with you! . . . As I process the passing of my brother, I have come to realize we are not given a voice to pronounce how much we matter. It is our obligation to tell our neighbor how much they matter to us and take a stand for the greater good of each other.”

 

 

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Sports Leagues Making Statements, Floyd Mayweather Will Pay For George Floyd’s Funeral, MLB & MLBPA Make Progress, Iowa Resumes HS Sports

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According to Axos’ Jeff Tracy, 74 of 123 teams (60%) in the big four of American sports leagues issued official statements via twitter about George Floyd’s murder and the protests in this country. For a list of the teams making statements, click here.

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services in Floyd’s hometown of Houston as well as services in Minnesota and North Carolina.

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association seem to be making progress in a negotiation about salaries that could potentially delay the start of the season. The owners want the players to take a significant pay cut based on fewer games in the season and no fans in the stands. The players already agreed to a prorated salary back in March and aren’t interested in giving back more. According to reports, the owners will now honor the prorated salaries

Iowa became the first state to resume high school sports. On Monday, the high school baseball and softball teams took to the field to practice for a supposed June 15th start to the season. There are a number of protocols in place to keep the players safe including discouraging high-fives and not eating sunflower seeds.

 

 

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Golf Resuming, Tiger Slam Debut, Champions For Charity Match, MLB’s Saliva Testing, Kraft’s Ring $1.025 Million

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Golf now plans to resume play in Europe in late July starting with the British Masters. In the U.S., the PGA is still planning on resuming June 11th in Texas.

Speaking of Golf, Sunday night at 8:00 pm ET, the Golf Channel will air “Tiger Slam” a documentary on Tiger Wood’s remarkable 10-month run from June 2000-April 2001 when he won all four major golf titles.  To make it a full golf day, you can also tune in at 3:00 pm for “The Match: Champions for Charity” which will feature Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The mini-tournament raised $10 million for COVID-19 relief.

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Yesterday I mentioned there won’t be spitting in baseball, but now it’s been reported that Major League Baseball is hoping to use a new saliva collection method to test for COVID-19.

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The New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl LI ring was auctioned for $1.025 million. The ring was auctioned as part of the All In Challenge, which is raising money to eliminate food insecurity during the pandemic.

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FC Seoul Fined For Sex Dolls, No Spitting In Baseball A Sacrifice

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Soccer Club FC Seoul, a South Korean professional football team based in Seoul, was fined $82,000 won) by the K League 1 for using sex dolls to fill empty seats during a recent match. The fine was for “damaging the prestige and integrity of the league.” Teams are allowed to use mannequins to fill seats during the pandemic when fans aren’t allowed in the stadium, but the use of sex dolls was considered a violation. Club officials said, “Our intention was to do something lighthearted in these difficult times. We will think hard about what we need to do to ensure that something like this never happens again.” 

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One of Tom Hanks’ most memorable lines from “A League of Their Own” was “there’s no crying in baseball.” That might still be true, but now there’s no spitting in baseball. San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told a radio station that one of the difficulties for players when (if) they return to the field will be adhering to the new guidelines…specifically the prohibition on spitting. He said, “When you’ve been doing it your whole life, it’s like breaking any habit. It’s going to be hard when things get stressful not to default to the habit. But I can tell you this: Everybody’s going to be committed to doing it because it’s so worth it. The trade-off between giving up that habit and getting to play baseball, we’ll play baseball all day long.” Many fans have weighed in and welcome this “sacrifice”!

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NASCAR Returns To Darlington, Baker/Dunbar Armed Robbery, DiMaggio’s Hitting Streak

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NASCAR returns on Sunday with live racing at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. The new rules during this pandemic will require teams to race with no fans in the stands and fewer than 900 credentialed personnel (normally NASCAR has as many as 3,700 personnel including media, track workers, and others). Team rosters will be limited to only 16 members, and precautions will be taken to monitor crew member temperatures. Everyone will also be required to wear face masks.

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In an odd story out of the football world, New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, and a third unidentified man have been issued arrest warrants in connection with an alleged armed robbery. According to reports, the incident occurred late Wednesday night at a party in South Florida where Baker and Dunbar were caught stealing money and watches while armed with semi-automatic firearms. Baker has also been accused of intentionally threatening victims. The Giants, Seahawks, and the NFL said the incident is under review.

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On May 15th, 79 years ago, Joe DiMaggio started what would become a historic 56-game hitting streak. No one has even come close to breaking this record (it’s 12 games better than any other attempt–Pete Rose had 44 hits in 1978).

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NBA Stars In Discussions About Resuming Season, Pritzker Wants Sports Back

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had a call with the Board of Governors to discuss resuming the season. One of the issues they discussed is what happens if they resume play and then a player tests positive for Covid-19. Would the entire League shut down again, or would they quarantine the player and continue with the season?

A number of NBA stars jumped on a conference call to also express their desire to return to the courts. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and Damian Lillard spoke about a “united front to resume the 2019-20 season.”

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Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association met on Tuesday as a first step in trying to figure and agree on issues and guidelines for restarting the season. One of the outstanding items (which wasn’t addressed in the meeting on Tuesday) is the salary cap issue between the players and the owners. Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker addressed this conflict in his daily coronavirus briefing saying, “I realize that the players have the right to haggle over their salaries, but we do live in a moment where the people of Illinois and the people of the United States deserve to get their pastime back — to watch, anyway, on television. If they’re able to come up with safety precautions, as has been suggested by Major League Baseball, that works, I hope that the players will understand that the people of our United States need them to recognize this is an important part of leisure time that all of us want to have in the summer: to watch them play baseball, to root for our favorite teams.” Pritzker’s comments were ripped apart by some, as they thought he was insensitive to the actual suffering that could occur to individuals associated with baseball if the season started prematurely.

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MLB Could Start In July, Marketing Agency Accuses Zion, Family And Duke Of Violations

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Major League Baseball approved a proposal to start the season in early July and will feature an expected 82-game regular season. Commissioner Rob Manfred will present the plan to the players, and then the League and the Players Association will negotiate. The negotiations could get tense, as the owners would like a plan that includes a 50-50 revenue split with the players. MLB is the only uncapped team sport in the U.S., so this plan would essentially simulate a salary cap. For more information on the new plan, click here.

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New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson’s former marketing agency, Prime Sports Marketing, filed a civil lawsuit against Zion claiming he and his family received gifts from Nike and Adidas before he enrolled at Duke to influence him to play at the University. Prime Sports Marketing signed Zion after his first year at Duke but then was dropped for another agency in Zion’s second season. Zion is now being asked to admit his mother and father “demanded and received gifts, money and/or other benefits from persons acting on behalf of Duke University (directly and/or indirectly) to influence you to attend Duke University to play basketball.” It is still unclear whether Zion, his family, and Duke are at fault or if Prime Sports Marketing is just bitter about losing out on such a profitable player.

 

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Don Shula, NFL Reports Season Begins Sept. 10th, KBO & ESPN Reach Deal

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The legendary Don Shula, former Hall of Fame NFL coach, died on Monday. Shula coached the Miami Dolphins for 26 years and led the 1972 team to an undefeated season, marking the only time in NFL history a team accomplished this feat. Shula was 90 years old.

The NFL announced they will be ready to publicize their 17-week schedule this week. All reports indicate they still plan to begin the season on September 10th. Most experts, however, believe the schedule will get modified a number of times before the season officially begins.

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In a coronavirus world, we can’t help celebrate any live sporting events, which is why we’re now focused on live regular-season baseball starting up in Korea. The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) has reached a deal with ESPN to air six live games per week (although the timing of the games might be during the middle of the night).

 

 

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NBA At Walt Disney Resorts, NHL’s Phase 2, Little League World Series Canceled, Will Ferrell Crashes Seahawks Mtg

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The NBA is discussing a few different venues as host sites for teams to play and finish the season. Las Vegas and the Bahamas are been mentioned, but according to new reports, the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida is now the frontrunner. The  Wide World of Sports Complex (225 acres) has plenty of on-site housing and enough facilities to accommodate the players and teams.

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The NHL is hoping to get back on the ice by the summer. They issued a joint press release with the NHL Players Association stating, “The precise date of transition to Phase 2, during which Players might return to small group activities in NHL Club training facilities, remains undetermined. However, provided that conditions continue to trend favorably – and, subject to potential competitive concerns as between disparately situated markets – we believe we may be able to move to Phase 2 at some point in the mid-to-later portion of May.”

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Due to Coronavirus concerns, the Little League World Series has been canceled for the first time in the history of the tournament, which has been played every year since 1947. Little League president Stephen Keener did not rule out teams playing this spring or summer but specified that, due to restrictions on large gatherings and travel, it would be irresponsible to hold the qualifying tournaments and the World Series.

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Will Ferrell crashed a virtual team meeting with the Seattle Seahawks by pretending to be their new teammate Greg Olsen, who previously played tight end for the Carolina Panthers and in February signed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks. Watch Ferrell as he hilariously jokes with the team and even shows off his “36-year-old yoga body.”

 

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MLB Radical New Idea For Season, 2021 NFL Draft April 29-May 1st

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Major League Baseball is continuing to come up with ideas to salvage the season. In the latest proposal, teams would be stationed in three hubs: Florida, Arizona, or Texas. Each franchise would be re-aligned to three divisions accommodating 10 teams in each division (or possibly 12 teams in one and eight in another). The teams would then play their regular-season games (without fans) in the local facilities in the state.  This means no American or National League. They’re also planning an Opening Day on July 4th.

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The NFL announced the 2021 draft will be held in Cleveland, Ohio from April 29-May 1st.

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