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NFL Players Concerned About Logistics Of Season, LeBron’s Rookie Card $1.845 Mill

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Some influential NFL players are not satisfied with the logistics of how the League is planning to start the season. Training camps are expected to open this week, and the players are concerned about the lack of information on what’s been put in place to maintain health and safety standards. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the league can impose report dates, and the teams can fine players if they refuse to show up. Some notable stars took to twitter. Here’s a sampling of what they said,

Drew Brees: “We need football! We need sports! We need hope! The NFL’s unwillingness to follow the recommendations of their own medical experts will prevent that. If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy, there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple. Get it done, NFL.”

Patrick Mahomes: “Getting ready to report this week hoping the NFL will come to agreement with the safe and right protocols so we can feel protected playing the sport we love”

Clemson’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence proposed to his girlfriend Marissa Mowry at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. Lawrence led the Tigers to back-to-back College Football Playoffs where he helped them beat Alabama for the Championship in his freshman year and led them to an undefeated season in his sophomore year (where they ended up losing to LSU in the championship). Lawrence and Mowry have been dating since high school.

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LeBron James set yet another record when his rookie card sold for $1.845 million, the most money ever paid for a basketball card at an auction.

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Washington Red Tails Odds On Favorites, 2 NBA Players Flout Bubble Rules

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The Washington Redskins officially announced they will change their name for the 2021 season. Oddsmakers are getting in on the action and taking bets on the new franchise nickname. As of now, the Redtails is the favorite at 3/1 odds. The National Office for Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, the office for the military aviation group called the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first Black aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps and helped desegregate the military, weighed in. Nicknamed the “Red Tails” because they painted the tails of their planes crimson, the group was known for their heroics in World War II.  The organization offered up a statement saying, “If the Washington D.C. NFL franchise chooses to rename themselves as the Washington Red Tails, it would honor the Tuskegee Airmen legacy and be symbolic for all of America.“

After Redtails, the Washington Generals are at 4/1 odds with the Washington Presidents at 5/1 odds.

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NBA players are entertaining us with stories of quarantining in the Disney Bubble in Orlando in anticipation of the season resuming on July 30th, but two players (Houston Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo and Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes) flouted the rules and will now have a longer quarantine period. Part of the protocol required players to quarantine in their rooms for 48 hours after arriving at their hotels. After 48 hours, players could roam the bubble grounds, but if they left the site, they would have to immediately quarantine again. Caboclo vacated his room during the 48-hour window, while Holmes left the bubble to get food delivery.

 

 

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Washington Definitely Changing Name, ESPN Suspended Wojo For Profane Email To Senator, Embiid In HAZMAT Suit

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Washington owner Daniel Snyder will announce he is officially changing the team’s name. “Redskins” and any other Native American imagery will no longer appear in any part of the organization. There is no word yet on the team’s new name and logo.

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ESPN suspended popular reporter Adrian Wojnarowski for a profane two-word email he sent to Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) in response to a letter Hawley wrote a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The letter urged the league to allow (in addition to other pro-approved messages in support of racial equality and social justice) messages in support of police, the military, and Hong Kong protesters on player jerseys. Wojnarowski took to social media and said “F%* You”. ESPN called his behavior “unacceptable”, but many NBA players are taking his side. LeBron James even showed his solidarity by tweeting the hashtag #FreWOJ”.

In other NBA news, players are tweeting about life inside the Disney Bubble. Some are enjoying playing golf, visiting the Disney attractions after hours, and fishing, while many are complaining about the food and the sparse accommodations. The Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid immediately donned a HAZMAT suit on arrival in Orlando and then complained about the food saying he is “definitely losing 50 pounds”.

 

 

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Ivy League Shuts Fall Athletics, Stanford Permanently Cancels 11 Sports, Ohio State/N.Carolina Pause Workouts, NFL Allows Opt Out

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The Ivy League announced it is shutting down all athletics this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. There is no decision yet on what the “Power Five” schools will do, especially considering these schools generate significant football revenue. The Power Five consists of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). For comparison, in 2019 the Ivy League generated approximately $30 million in football revenue, while the Big Ten generated $1 billion in revenue.

Stanford University announced it is permanently cutting 11 of its 36 varsity sports due to COVID-19 related deficits. The sports affected are field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, squash, co-ed and women’s sailing, men’s and women’s fencing, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball, and wrestling.

Ohio State will pause all voluntary athletic workouts (including football) due to many athletes testing positive for COVID-19. North Carolina also paused voluntary football workouts when 37 COVID-19 tests came back positive.

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The NFL and NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) agreed to allow players to sit out the 2020 season if they have concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mahomes Monstrous Contract, DeSean Jackson’s Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts

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The Kansas City Chiefs signed Super Bowl-winning quarterback (and MVP) Patrick Mahomes to a monstrous 10-year contract extension worth up to $503 million, with an injury guarantee of $141.8 million. Mahomes will make an average salary of $45 million per year dwarfing Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s annual average of $35 million per year. Mahomes’s contract is the richest contract in the history of pro sports.

Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson posted anti-Semitic messages on social media with quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The quote attributed to Hitler read,  “[white Jews] will blackmail America. [They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.” He also expressed his admiration for Louis Farrakhan, who is widely known as an anti-Semite. The Eagles owner and general manager are both Jewish, but the team has not publicly commented on the posts.

 

 

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Signing Waiver To Attend Games, Washington Redskins Under Pressure To Change Name

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The NFL is going to leave it up to individual teams to decide if they’ll allow fans to attend games. There will be safety protocols in place, and the teams will likely ask fans to sign a waiver agreeing to recuse the NFL from any liability if they contract COVID-19 while attending a game. The stadiums will also be required to go cashless.

Corporate sponsors, fans, local officials, and a Hall of Fame coach are putting pressure on the Washington Redskins to change their name. Shareholders and investors sent Nike, FedEx, and PepsiCo letters asking the brands to cut ties with the franchise if they don’t make the change.

Hall of Fame coach and current NFL broadcaster Tony Dungy also weighed in saying he makes a conscious effort not to say “Redskins” during broadcasts. “When I’m on the air, I try to just refer to them as Washington. I think it’s appropriate. If the team doesn’t want to change, the least I can do is try not to use it.”

 

 

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Cam Newton Signs With New England, Patriots Fined $1.1 Mill For Illegal Filming

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Big news reverberated in the NFL on Sunday night when seemingly out of nowhere the New England Patriots signed quarterback Cam Newton. The former NFL MVP signed a one-year performance-based incentive contract worth a maximum of $7.5 million. Newton is 31 years old and has suffered some injuries in the last few years. He was released in March by the Carolina Panthers (where he was selected with the #1 pick in 2011). The Patriots are hoping Cam can ignite the team after having lost their powerhouse superstar quarterback Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Waiting in the wings to get his start at QB with the Pats is Jarrett Stidham (selected with the 133rd overall pick in 2019).

In other Patriots news, the team has been penalized $1.1 million and a 3rd round pick in next year’s NFL draft for illegally filming a 2019 Cincinnati Bengals/Cleveland Browns game. The film crew is also banned from filming any games this season.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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

 

 

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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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