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

BASKETBALL

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.

FOOTBALL

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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Alternative To Onside Kick, Boston Marathon Canceled

FOOTBALL

NFL owners tabled a discussion on an alternative to the onside kick. The proposal would have given teams the option (just twice in a game) of replacing a kickoff with one offensive down from their 25-yard line. If the offense gained 15 yards on the play, it would retain possession, but if they failed to advance, the other team would gain possession.

MARATHON

The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history. The race was originally scheduled for April 20th then postponed until September 14th. Now the race will be held virtually.

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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.”

BASKETBALL

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.

FOOTBALL

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

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Rooney Rule Expanded, Big Ben Trims Beard, NASCAR’s Increase In Viewers

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The NFL is expanding the Rooney Rule, which was established in 2003 to address diversity and require teams to interview at least one minority candidate for a head coaching spot. The new rules require teams to interview at least two minority candidates for a head coaching spot and one minority candidate for any coordinator vacancies. The coordinator jobs are seen as feeders for head coaching positions, so this new rule is seen as significant. Since 2009, almost 40% of head coaches hired in the NFL were previously offensive coordinators.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had surgery eight months ago to repair his right elbow in an injury he suffered in week 2 of the season. Roethlisberger said he wasn’t going to shave his beard until he was making NFL caliber throws again. On Monday, he posted a video throwing to three of his teammates, James Conner, Ryan Switzer, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. He then posted a video of his haircut with a caption saying, The beard is trimmed……you know what that means”

 NASCAR

NASCAR’s return to live racing at Darlington Raceway over the weekend garnered a big increase in viewership averaging 6.32 million viewers, a 38% increase over their last pre-COVID-19 race.

 

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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.

FOOTBALL

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.

BASEBALL

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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Raiders Tops In Ticket Sales And Price, Joe Buck Says Fox Will Use Virtual Fans, Rams Unveil New Uniform

FOOTBALL

According to SeatGeek, the Las Vegas Raiders are the top team in terms of the number of ticket sales and ticket prices (average price $622, 30% higher than the 2nd place Seattle Seahawks at $439). Of course, this all assumes the NFL season takes place as scheduled, and fans are able to attend games.

Speaking of the NFL season and fans, Joe Buck, the Fox Sports’ football play-by-play announcer, told SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen, “There’s probably going to be a season in doing games with no fans, which will be difficult. I think Fox and these networks have to put crowd noise under us to make it a normal viewing experience at home. On top of that, they’re looking at ways to put virtual fans in the stands, so when you see a wide shot it looks like the stadium is jam-packed and in fact it’ll be empty.”

The Los Angeles Rams unveiled their new team uniform. Not surprisingly (based off of the disappointment from fans when they revealed their new logo a few months ago), social media was not kind. One fan thought the uniform looked like the team should be shopping at IKEA, while another mentioned the jersey numbers looked like writing on an ice cream cake. Fun fact: The Rams are now the only team in the NFL without a white jersey. The new jersey colors are “Rams Royal”, “Sol”, and “Bone.”

 

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NFL 2020 Schedule, Thomas Chased At Gunpoint, Manning’s Hilarious Roast Of Brady, UFC Returns, MLS & NBA Return To Practice

FOOTBALL

The NFL announced the 2020 schedule. Let’s hope the season really does start on September 10th with Houston at Kansas City!

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was allegedly chased at gunpoint by his wife Nina back on April 13th. Nina tracked him down by using his brother’s Snapchat and found Earl and the brother in bed with another woman. The situation became public when TMZ reported the story yesterday. Earl took to Instagram to explain his side of the story saying, “So my agent just hit me and said that I’m going to be on TMZ tomorrow from an altercation that happened with me and Nina, Just wanted to get ahead of it. It’s really not anybody’s businesses. It pisses me off that it got out, but it’s the world we live in today. But, instead of talking about us, just keep us in y’all prayers. Stuff like this happens bro. We try to live the best lives we possibly can. Sometimes it don’t go as planned. Just pray for us as we go through this stuff. We’ve been talking. I’ve been seeing my kids. So just keep us in your prayers.”

ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

UFC will return with a live bout (with no fans) on Saturday, May 9th at 6:30 pm ET on ESPN.

SOCCER

Several Major League Soccer teams have already returned to their training fields.

BASKETBALL

NBA players will be allowed to return to their practice facilities starting today.

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Favre Received $1.1 Million For Speeches He Never Gave, Gore Signs With Jets, Edelman Raising Money For Holocaust Survivors

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A nonprofit group allegedly paid former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre $1.1 million to speak at events. The Hall of Famer, however, reportedly never showed up for the events. The nonprofit, the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS), is implicated in a widespread embezzlement scheme, and according to reports, DHS’s leaders “participated in a widespread and pervasive conspiracy to circumvent internal controls, state law, and federal regulations to move the money to particular places, including to family members of the leaders in question.” According to the AP, Favre does not face criminal charges.

Frank Gore signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets. The almost 37-year-old could break a record currently held by Marcus Allen as the only running back to have over 50 carries at the age of 37. Most running backs never even see the field in their mid to late 30’s, but Gore (like Allen) continues to perform at a high level. In Allen’s final season, he carried the ball 124 times for 505 yards (a record for a 37-year old) and scored 11 touchdowns.

New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, and other celebrities are raising money to deliver meals for Holocaust survivors affected by Covid19. The athletes and celebrities joined with UJA-Federation and 333 Charity to teach a virtual workout class as part of Giving Tuesday to support meal deliveries for Holocaust survivors who are unable to leave their homes. According to 333 Charity, there are 36,000 Holocaust survivors living in the New York area and 40% of them live in poverty.

 

 

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

FOOTBALL

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.

BASEBALL

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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Dalton Signs With Cowboys, U.S. Women’s Soccer Pay Discrimination, The Mountain’s World Record

FOOTBALL

Andy Dalton agreed to sign a one-year deal worth up to $7 million with the Dallas Cowboys. The 32-year old Dalton was released from the Cincinnati Bengals last week after the team selected former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. Dak Prescott is currently Dallas’s starting quarterback, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

SOCCER

A federal judge dismissed the U.S. Women’s national team’s claim of pay discrimination. According to the judge, “the WNT has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT.” The women’s claim of unequal treatment in terms of travel, medical staff, and training equipment will still go to trial. According to reports, the women plan to appeal the decision and are requesting nearly $67 million in back pay and compensation.

WORLD RECORDS

Hafthor Bjornsson, who played Ser Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) on Game of Thrones set a world record in the deadlift. In a gym in Iceland over the weekend, he lifted 1,104 pounds (501 kilograms) beating the previous record of 1,102 pounds (500 kilograms) set by Eddie Hall in 2016.  Bjornsson who is 6’9″ and weighs 452 pounds won the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2018.

 

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