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“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing” At All NFL Week 1 Games, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating, Kasparov Criticizes NBA

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The NFL is discussing having the Black National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” performed live or pre-recorded prior to “The Star Spangled Banner” at each of the week 1 games this season. “Lift Ev‘ray Voice and Sing” written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson was later turned into a song by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson.

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Thankfully, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will provide some live sports over the 4th of July holiday weekend. This iconic event normally takes place in Coney Island, NY but will be held indoors (with no fans) for the first time in its history.  Joey Chestnut, who traditionally dominates in this sport, will be looking to capture his 13th Mustard Yellow Belt and his fourth straight win. His world record is 73.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

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Chess grand master and human rights activist, Garry Kasparov, criticized the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver for not standing up to human rights violations carried out by the Chinese Communist Party against the Uyghur population. Kasparov responded to Silver’s comment saying, “NBA-China relations have improved…they have a different view how things have been done, how things should be done. And hopefully, we can find mutual respect for each other.” Kasparov tweeted, “The NBA’s concern for human rights stops right at the bank, China has Uyghur concentration camps and is preparing to crush Hong Kong and he talks of ‘mutual respect’? What a joke.”

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NBA Tape Delay Due To Bad Language, Kaepernick Scripted Series, MLS $65 Fyre Festival Meal

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Commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver speculated in an interview about tape-delaying games because he’s worried about corporate sponsors getting upset if the players use bad language. He said, “I think often players, they understand when they’re on the floor, they’re saying certain things to each other because it’s so loud in the arena, they know a lot of it is not being picked up. They may have to adapt their language a little bit knowing what they say will likely be picked up by microphones and in all seriousness, we may need to put a little bit of a delay.”

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Netflix announced they will be producing a six-part series on Colin Kaepernick called “Colin in Black and White.” Kaepernick will narrate the scripted drama about his experiences growing up as a black child adopted into a white family.

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Major League Soccer teams have arrived at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in preparation for the MLS is Back Tournament. Apparently the accommodations aren’t exactly up to par yet. Players are posting pictures of the $65 lunch special delivered through room service and comparing it to the meals at the infamous Fyre Festival.

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

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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.

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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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NBA’s Plan For Season With Disney Style Entertainment, Irving Wants A New League

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The NBA released a detailed report of how they plan to restart the season. The document is extensive and lays out health protocols, logistics, and even entertainment for the players and personnel.

As for the team’s entertainment options, Disney will be providing outdoor concerts, private movie screenings, ping pong, lawn games, golf, and lounges equipped with video games, barbers, manicurists, and pedicurists. Disney also plans to allow the teams special access to Disney parks and attractions.

Here are some of the important dates:

June 24th: Deadline for the players to inform their teams if they plan to return and play the remainder of the season

July 31st-October 13th: NBA games will begin. After the first round of playoffs end, each of the remaining eight teams can reserve 15-17 hotel room for their guests

Kyrie Irving has become vocal about boycotting the remainder of the NBA season in order to focus on racial issues. He even proposed the idea of the players starting their own league. In a conference call with over 80 players, Irving said, “I’m not with the systematic racism and the bullshit. … Something smells a little fishy. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are targeted as black men every day we wake up.”

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Kyrie Irving Wants To Boycott Season To Focus On Racism, ESPN All-Time Low

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The NBA plans to restart the season this summer in Florida at the Disney Complex. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving made a plea to boycott the rest of the season to focus on getting rid of systemic racism. Irving expressed his concern that sports would be a “distraction” and doesn’t want to “distract from the more important Black Lives Matter agenda”. Seventy-four percent of NBA players are black. Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers responded on Instagram saying,  “I love Kyrie’s passion towards helping this movement. It’s admirable and inspiring. I’m with it… but in the right way and not at the cost of the whole NBA and players careers.” According to ESPN, NBA players could lose $1.2 billion in salary this season if they don’t play.

Speaking of ESPN, in the entire history of the network (41 years), the ratings have never been this low. According to Outkick, “the network, which has become more left wing than MSNBC and CNN combined over the past several weeks, has completely abandoned sports coverage. The result? Viewers, many of whom were willing to watch the channel even during a pandemic disaster with limited sports to consume, have abandoned it in droves.”

 

 

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NBA Season Continues And Timeline For Next Year

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It’s official. The NBA’s Board of Governors voted to approve a plan to continue the 2019/2020 regular season and proposed a timeline for the start of the 2020/2021 season. The plan includes a continuation of the regular season at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the top nine teams from the Eastern Conference and the top 13 teams from the Western Conference. The other eight teams will not compete as they were already too far out of the playoff picture when the season suspended in March. According to ESPN, here are the tentative dates

  • Training camp: June 30
  • Travel to Orlando: July 7
  • Season restart: July 31
  • Draft lottery: Aug. 25
  • Season ends: Oct. 12 (last possible date)
  • Draft: Oct. 15
  • Free agency: Oct. 18
  • 2020-21 training camp: Nov. 10
  • 2020-21 opening night: Dec. 1

In other NBA news, commissioner Adam Silver spoke about his concern for older head coaches sitting on the bench and having close proximity to the players. He floated the idea of preventing “certain coaches” from being allowed on the bench “in order to protect them.” After getting pushback, he let up on the idea. Of the 22 teams invited to Orlando, three coaches are 65 or older (Spurs Gregg Popovich at 71, Rockets Mike D’Antoni at 68 and Pelicans Alvin Gentry at 65).

 

 

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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.

BASEBALL

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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NHL Playoff Plans, Lillard Says He Won’t Play, Dolphins Stadium A Drive-In Movie Theater

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The NHL unveiled tentative plans for returning. As of the latest iteration, 24 of its 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament sometime in late July, with training camp beginning on July 1st. The NHL also said they would test players every evening for COVID-19. Commissioner Gary Bettman explained, however, that there are “no firm dates, and anybody who gives you a date is guessing.”

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The Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard took some heat for saying he doesn’t have an interest in participating in games with his team if they don’t have a real opportunity to secure a playoff berth.  The Trail Blazers are 3.5 games out of the playoffs, but if the regular season is shortened, then Portland won’t have enough time to secure a playoff spot. Lillard is hoping there will be a play-in series instead (similar to the NHL plan).

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced they will postpone the induction ceremony for the Class of 2020 (which included Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and the late Kobe Bryant) until the spring of 2021. The ceremony was originally scheduled for August.

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The Miami Dolphins converted their Hard Rock Stadium into a drive-in movie theater. The theater can hold 230 automobiles.

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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.”

BASEBALL

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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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.”

BASEBALL

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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