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A-Rod/J-Lo Take Tour With Krafts In Mets Bid, Sexual Harassment Claims In Washington, NABC Proposes Eliminating SAT/ACT

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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are still actively pursuing purchasing the Mets. According to reports, A-Rod, J-Lo, and a group of bankers flew to Foxborough to meet Bob and Jonathan Kraft (owners of the New England Patriots) to discuss a partnership on stadium operations for Citi Field and Willets Point (a development around the ballpark). The Krafts toured the duo around the stadium and the adjoining entertainment complex near the field. The potential owners are interested in turning Willets Point into a destination entertainment area where they can leverage J-Lo’s brand to book concerts.

FOOTBALL

The Washington Post published a damaging report on the Washington NFL team (formerly the Redskins). Fifteen former female employees claimed to have experienced sexual harassment and a toxic work environment.  The allegations span from 2006-2019 and include specific examples of harassment such as sexual text messages and male employees looking up female employees’ skirts.

New head coach Ron Rivera put out a statement saying, “Biggest thing is we have to move forward from this and make sure everybody understands we have policies that we will follow and that we have an open door policy with no retribution. Plus my daughter works for the team and I sure as hell am not going to allow any of this!”

BASKETBALL

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) proposed eliminating the SAT and ACT requirements for NCAA eligibility. The proposal originated in the NABC’s Committee on Racial Reconciliation to address racism and social justice issues. The statement reads, “The NABC Committee on Racial Reconciliation believes that the SAT and ACT are longstanding forces of institutional racism and no longer have a place in intercollegiate athletics or higher education at large. This is an important step towards combating educational inequality in our country.”

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Steve Cohen Submits $2 Bill Bid For Mets, Big Ten Announces Conference Only Fall Sports

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Hedge fund mogul Steve Cohen is still in the mix to buy the New York Mets. First-round bids were due this week, and according to Fox Business report, Cohen offered $2 billion for the team and an additional $2 billion to acquire the SportsNet New York (SNY) network. Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez also made a bid for $1.7 billion. Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer are still reportedly in the mix as well.

FOOTBALL

The Big Ten announced it will move all fall sports to a conference-only schedule. All Power 5 conferences could follow their lead, which would result in only regional sports (including football) for the fall season. The Big Ten statement said, “We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority…. By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.”

 

 

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Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo Set World Records At Nathan’s Famous, Name Changes: Redskins Likely, Indians A Possibility, Braves No

COMPETITIVE EATING

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo crushed the competition again at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest. At 36 years old Chestnut, a former construction manager from San Jose, CA, beat his own world record by eating 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes (around 21,750 calories). To say Chestnut dominated his competition is an understatement. He consumed an astonishing 33 more hot dogs and buns than the second-place finisher. This is Chestnut’s 13th Mustard Yellow Belt in 14 years.

Sudo also set a world record in the women’s division by eating 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes for her seventh consecutive win at this event. Sudo also dominated her competition by consuming 32.5 more hot dogs and buns than her closest competitor.

In addition to the Mustard Yellow Belt, both Chestnut and Sudo pocketed $10,000 with the win.

FOOTBALL

In 2013, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said “We’ll never change the name….It’s that simple NEVER-you can use all caps.” As of this past weekend, it looks like Snyder is changing his mind, and the NFL franchise will have a new name before the start of the NFL season.

BASEBALL

The Cleveland Indians are also now considering a name change. In an official tweet from the team, they said,  “[W]e are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.”

The Atlanta Braves say they are not considering a name change. They said, “[The organization] honors, supports and values the Native American community. That will never change.”

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Zimmerman & Desmond Opting Out Of MLB Season, Tim Tebow On Mets Roster, Emoni Bates Commits To Michigan State

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Major League Baseball finally agreed on a 60-game season, but many players have announced they will opt-out for the year due to Coronavirus concerns and social unrest issues. Among the players opting-out are Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman who stated he won’t play because of his newborn baby and his mother (who has multiple sclerosis), and Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond who cited concerns for his family’s health as well as racism, sexism, homophobia, labor wars, and cheating scandals.

In other baseball news, the New York Mets are offering up a spot on their roster to minor league outfielder (and former NFL quarterback) Tim Tebow.

BASKETBALL

The #1 high school basketball recruit in the country for the class of 2022, Emoni Bates, committed to Michigan State. Bates had scholarship offers from Duke, Michigan, Florida State, Georgia, DePaul, and Kentucky but chose Michigan State for their loyalty. Michigan State recruited him in 7th grade, while Duke extended an offer to him in 8th grade. As a sophomore, Bates became the youngest player to become the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Other superstars winning this award include Chris Webber, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Greg Oden, Bradley Beal, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Jayston Tatum, RJ Barrett, and James Wiseman.

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Another Buyer For Mets, Pro Football Hall Of Fame Game & NYC Marathon Canceled, Jenkins Says Football Non Essential

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The Reuben brothers have emerged as another potential buyer of the New York Mets. According to reports David and Simon Reuben, who made their money in real estate, are interested in the Mets as part of an opportunity for development surrounding Citi Field.

FOOTBALL

The NFL canceled the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 6th and postponed the enshrinement ceremony scheduled for August 8th. The Cowboys and Steelers will play in the 2021 Hall of Fame Game, and the enshrinement ceremony will now take place in 2021 as well.

The NFL still plans to start the season in September, but the New Orleans Saints Malcolm Jenkins isn’t convinced it’s a good idea. He said, “The NBA is a lot different than the NFL. They can actually quarantine all of their players, or whoever is going to participate, whereas we have over 2,000 players; and even more coaches and staff who can’t do that. So we end up being on this trust system — the honor system — where we just have to hope that guys are social distancing and things like that, and that puts all of us at risk. That’s not only us as players, and whoever’s in the building(s), but when we go home to families.

“I have parents that I don’t want to get sick. I think until we get to the point where we have protocols in place, and until we get to a place as a country where we feel safe doing it — we have to understand that football is a non-essential business. We don’t need to do it. So the risk has to be eliminated before we — before I would feel comfortable with going back.”

If the season does get underway, NFL teams are discussing a plan to use seats closest to the field to display advertisements in an attempt to make up for lost revenue.

MARATHON

The New York City and Berlin marathons were canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

 

 

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Baseball Will Return, FBI Says Noose Not Hate Crime, NFL Allows Cities To Determine Fans, No Bradley For Lakers

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The Major League Baseball Players Union officially approved the imposed 60-game season, so it looks like we’ll have a baseball season after all. July 1st will mark the start of “spring” training with opening day on July 24th.

NASCAR

The FBI announced there was no hate crime against Bubba Wallace at Talladega over the weekend where a noose was found in Wallace’s garage. The investigators reported the noose had been in the garage since last October where it was used as a garage door pull. In addition, the report claimed that no one could have known Wallace would be assigned to that particular garage. Wallace commented on the report saying,  “The image that I have, that I have seen, of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage loop. I’ve been racing all of my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that have never had garage pulls like that… It was a noose. Whether it was tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. It wasn’t directed at me, but someone tied a noose. It is a noose.”

FOOTBALL

According to reports, the NFL might allow individual teams and cities to determine how many fans will be allowed in the stadium. The NFL appears determined to allow fans to avoid losing billions in revenue. It’s estimated that the NFL could lose $3 billion if the season is played in empty stadiums.

BASKETBALL

The Los Angeles Lakers Avery Bradley announced he will not play when the NBA season resumes at Disney World. According to ESPN, Bradley is concerned about his family’s health particularly his six-year-old son who has a history of respiratory illnesses.

For those players reporting to Orlando, the NBA will have ring data monitors (called Oura rings) which can potentially access COVID-19 through heart rate and heart rate variability.

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MLB Imposed Season, NASCAR Shows Solidarity With Bubba Wallace

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After months of trying to agree on a deal to start the Major League Baseball season, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced the league is imposing a 60-game season with no expanded playoffs. The imposed season asks players to report to camp on July 1st with opening day the weekend of July 24-26th. The players have until 5:00 pm today to respond to the league.

NASCAR

The NASCAR community rallied behind Bubba Wallace in a show of solidarity for the horrendous noose incident that took place over the weekend. The drivers, pit crew, and others pushed Wallace’s #43 car to the front of pit row prior to the Geico 500 at Talledega on Monday.  Wallace said it was emotional and meaningful and teared up saying,  “Sorry for not wearing my mask but I wanted to show whoever it was that you’re not going to take away my smile… The pre-race deal was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to witness in my life from all the supporters from drivers from crew members, from everybody here, the badass fan base, thank you guys for coming out here… This is truly incredible and I’m proud to be a part of this sport”

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

FOOTBALL

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.

BASEBALL

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.

HORSE RACING

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.

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

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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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Harris/Blitzer Interest In Mets, MLB’s Latest Proposal

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According to reports, Josh Harris and David Blitzer have an interest in buying the New York Mets. Harris is the principal owner of the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers, and Blitzer is the minority owner of both teams.  The report, while acknowledging its findings are in the early stages, also mentions that the Wilpons (current owners of the Mets) might be willing to part with their television network, SNY, allowing Harris and Blitzer to merge their other sports franchises into one “superregional” network.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) continue to try and hash out an agreement for a modified 2020 season. In the League’s latest proposal, the teams would have a 76-game regular season ending on September 27th with a postseason ending in late October. The proposal also specifies a 75% prorated salary which basically comes out to the same percentage the players have already rejected.

 

 

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