Coronavirus Update For 7/21/2020

Here is the latest information we have to date regarding sports and COVID-19

NFL

League Offers Zero Preseason Games In Latest Proposal

It looks like the NFL will jump right into the Regular Season this year. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the NFL has sent a proposal to the players’ union that features zero preseason games in 2020. This news comes after Training Camps began this week.

The NFL preseason usually lasts four weeks and has every team participate in four games. The league originally proposed playing two preseason games, but the players pushed for zero games. The first game of the preseason, the NFL Hall of Fame Game, has already been canceled this year.

League Lays Out Protocols For COVID-19 Testing

The National Football League now has a plan in place to test for and contain the potential spread of COVID-19 this season. In a conference call yesterday, the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer said that the league will test all players every day for the first two weeks of Training Camps. Players will also need more than one negative test result to enter team facilities. The protocols were agreed upon by the NFL and the players’ union yesterday.

The protocols also state that after two weeks, the rate of positive tests will be examined. If this rate is below five percent, the league will move testing to every other day. Veterans are scheduled to report to Training Camps on July 28th.

NBA

League Reports Zero Positive COVID-19 Tests

It looks like the NBA has the Coronavirus Pandemic under control. Yesterday, the league officially announced that zero players out of 346 have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 13th. The league is saying that if a player does end up recording a positive test on the NBA campus in Orlando, then that individual will have to self-isolate until he has been cleared by league protocols.

NHL

Only Two Positive Coronavirus Tests Since Camp Opened

The NHL has some good news about their most recent round of COVID-19 testing. Yesterday, the National Hockey League announced that only two players have tested positive for the Coronavirus since camps opened on July 13th. The identities of the two players have not been revealed as per NHLPA policy.

In a statement, the league said that it completed the first five days of Phase Three testing from July 13th to July 17th. The statement also explained that 2,618 tests were administered to over 800 players, but only two players tested positive for the disease. At this time, both players are self-isolating. There is no clear timeline as to when the unnamed individuals will be able to return to practice.

MLB

Dr. Fauci To Throw Out First Pitch At Nationals’ Home Opener

The reigning World Series Champions will have a very special guest at their home opener. Yesterday, the Washington Nationals announced that Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the team’s home opening game against the New York Yankees. The Nats and the Yankees are scheduled to face off Thursday night.

“Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season…”

Washington Nationals’ Statement on Dr. Anthony Fauci

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Coronavirus Update For 7/19/20

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MLB

Blue Jays Barred From Playing Games In Toronto

It appears that the Toronto Blue Jays will not be allowed to play home games in Canada this year. Yesterday, the Canadian government denied the Blue Jays’ request to play home baseball games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto this season. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino later confirmed this information. The Canadian government doesn’t reportedly think it is safe for players to travel back and forth from the United States during the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Blue Jays are currently considering a few different locations where they could play home games. One of the sites in the mix is the team’s training facility in Dunedin, Florida. The franchise is also thinking about utilizing Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York which is home to Toronto’s triple-A affiliate baseball team. The Blue Jays are currently scheduled to begin their season on July 24th.

NBA

League Will Shorten Exhibition Games

The NBA announced it is tweaking the rules of the first exhibition games of the league restart to make them go by a little faster. For the initial matchups of the NBA restart, the league has decided to go with ten-minute quarters instead of the traditional 12-minute quarters. The NBA is hoping this will allow players to get ready to finish the season while also enabling them to conserve their energy for more important games that will come later.

ESPN is reporting that the clock change will only apply to the first exhibition game for every team. The second and third exhibition games at Disney will go back to the standard timing. Every team participating in the NBA restart is required to play in three exhibition games.

Race For NBA’s Individual Awards Is Already Over

On Friday, the NBA told teams that none of the seeding games will be taken into consideration when selecting this season’s individual award winners. The league also said that voting for honors like All-NBA, ROTY, etc. will be completed before the season restart on July 30th. This news means that the race for individual awards like MVP is now officially over. Giannis Antetokounmpo won the MVP award last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and is hoping to win it again this year.

NFL

Training Camps To Start As Scheduled

Despite spiking Coronavirus cases across the country, the NFL has decided to start preseason activities on time. Yesterday, all 32 NFL teams received an email from the league informing them that training camps will begin as scheduled. Rookies will report first, followed by QBs and injured players, and finally, veterans.

Rookies that play for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans are the first players that will report to camp this year. They are all scheduled to show up at camp tomorrow. Meanwhile, the NFL said that all other teams are allowed to have rookies report to camp as early as Tuesday the 21st. NFL veterans are scheduled to report on July 28th.

NHL

Oilers’ Defenseman Feeling “Healthy” After Positive COVID-19 Test Results

On Friday, the Oilers’ Caleb Jones revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had to self-isolate for two weeks before joining the team at training camp. The defenseman reportedly tested positive for Coronavirus when he first showed up for training camp in Edmonton three weeks ago. He then had to quarantine for two weeks. Friday marked the first time Jones was able to participate in the team’s main practice.

“We’ll see if he takes part in [the] scrimmage tomorrow… I’m not sure he’s going to go that far yet, but it’s good to have him back. He had no symptoms, he tested positive without any symptoms at all, so he’s coming back feeling healthy and ready to go.”

Edmonton Oilers’ coach Dave Tippett on Jones’ return

Caleb Jones was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2015. The 23-year-old defenseman played in 43 games for Edmonton this year. He finished the regular season with four goals and five assists for nine total points.

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72 NFL Players Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

NFLPA announced 72 players tested positive for Coronavirus as of July 10th

We now know how many NFLers have COVID-19 after the league’s first few rounds of testing. Earlier today, the NFL Players’ Association released a set of data that revealed 72 players league-wide have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 10th, 2020. According to NFL.com, the 72 individuals make up about 2.5% of rostered players in the league.

In the announcement, the NFLPA also released a map showing the concentration of Coronavirus in NFL markets. The Miami Dolphins have the highest concentration of average daily Coronavirus cases per 100,000 people with 67.53 cases per 100K. The New England Patriots have the lowest concentration of cases with just 3.27 cases per 100,000 people.

The NFL and the NFLPA are still trying to resolve outstanding issues between the two sides before players have to report to team facilities. Rookies for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans are scheduled to report to work this weekend. All NFL veterans are slated to report to work by July 28th.

Coronavirus Update For 7/14/20

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MLB

Officials Say fans Won’t Be Allowed At Phillies Games In 2020

Earlier today, city officials said that fans will not be allowed in the stands during home games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2020. The officials also said that this decision applies to Philadelphia Eagles’ home games in 2020 as well. Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said he believes baseball and football can be played under the right circumstances, but he does not think it is a good idea to have fans in the stands for games.

“I do not think that they can have spectators at those games. There’s no way for them to be safe having a crowd there… I can’t say what the plans are for the league, but from a safety perspective, they can play games but not [have] crowds.”

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley

NFL

Sources Say Players’ Union Has New Set Of Requests For Return-To-Work Plan

As the NFL and the NFLPA continue to negotiate the terms of play this season, it seems that the players are looking for extra securities and financial support. According to sources, the NFLPA requested the following in their most recent proposal to the league:

  • Opt-out clause for at-risk players to receive salary if one decides not to play
  • Opt-out clause and benefits for players with at-risk families if they decide not to play
  • Opt-out clause for a player that leaves the teams after reporting
  • A $250K stipend guaranteed to all players if they show up to camp and everything is shut down due to COVID-19

NBA

Michael Beasley Reportedly Leaves Orlando Bubble

Sources are saying that new Brooklyn Nets Guard Michael Beasley left the NBA Bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Sources told ESPN that Beasley recently tested positive for Coronavirus.

Beasley was signed by Brooklyn back on July 9th as a replacement player that would participate in the NBA Restart in Orlando. Sources are saying that it is unclear if the 31-year-old will eventually rejoin the team in the bubble.

NHL

Nine Pittsburgh Penguins Sidelined After Potential Virus Exposure

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they were “voluntarily sidelining” nine players from their training camp roster after it was discovered the players may have been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. This news comes just one day after NHL Training Camps opened. The nine players will not be allowed to participate in team activities until they pass all NHL safety protocols.

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Chiefs Sign Patrick Mahomes To Ten-Year Extension

Mega-Deal is reportedly worth $503 Million

It looks like Patrick Mahomes is going to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback for a long time. According to the NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed on a mega-deal that will keep the 24-year-old Quarterback in KC through the 2031 season. The NFL Network is reporting the deal is worth up to $503 million.

The contract extension is the largest in sports history. Mahomes is now the first athlete in history with a contract worth half-a-billion dollars. The contract also marks the first time an NFL player is the highest-paid athlete in the world of sports.

Patrick Mahomes has a 24-7 record in 31 starts. Mahomes was named MVP in his first season as a starter, throwing for 50 Touchdowns and over 5000 yards in 2018. Despite missing some time due to injury this past season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to an 11-3 record and a victory in Super Bowl LIV. He was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 286 passing yards and recording three total touchdowns.

Coronavirus Update For 7/5/20

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NHL

Members Of Blues’ Organization Reportedly Test Positive For COVID-19

According to multiple reports that came out Friday night, multiple members of the St. Louis Blues’ organization tested positive for COVID-19. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that no staff members or coaches are believed to have been infected with COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic.

The Athletic is reporting that the team’s Phase Two workouts that were scheduled for Friday were canceled due to the positive Coronavirus test results. No further workouts are scheduled for this weekend. Current reports indicate that the team is expected to resume practice on Monday.

MLB

White Sox And Nationals Report Positive Coronavirus Test Results

Both the Washington Nationals and the Chicago White Sox announced two players on each team tested positive for COVID-19. Both teams made the announcements earlier today.

The Chicago White Sox did not identify the players who tested positive but did say they are both asymptomatic and in isolation. Meanwhile, Nats’ Manager Dave Martinez told the media that two players out of 60 tested positive for COVID-19. The four players will be allowed to return to baseball activities after recording two negative COVID-19 test results and passing other pre-established Coronavirus protocols.

NBA

League Releases Restart Scrimmage Schedule

Yesterday, the NBA released its scrimmage schedule ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season restart that will take place in Orlando. All 22 teams participating in the restart will play in three scrimmages before the season resumes on July 30th. The league is saying that the Television broadcast details will be released at a later time.

NFL

Sources: NFLPA Recommends Canceling All Preseason Games

According to ESPN’s sources, on Friday, the NFL Players’ Association Board of Representatives voted to recommend canceling all 2020 preseason games. Sources say that the decision was voted on unanimously.

Earlier this week, the NFL decided to shorten the 2020 preseason to two games from four. At this time, the league has not formally announced the decision to reduce the number of preseason games this year. ESPN says it is unclear if the NFL will consider the players’ union’s recommendation to cancel all preseason games.

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Coronavirus Update For 7/2/20

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NBA

Nine More Players Test Positive For COVID-19

Earlier today, the NBA revealed the results of the COVID-19 tests that were administered throughout the league from June 24th to the 29th. The NBA announced that the results showed nine more players tested positive for the Coronavirus. The league reports that 25 players have tested positive since testing began on June 23rd. The NBA also revealed that 10 team staffers out of 884 have tested positive for the illness to date.

NFL

No Agreement Yet On Length of Shortened Preseason

While the NFL is hoping to play at least two preseason games in 2020, there is no guarantee that it will be possible. According to the NFL Network, some members of the NFL Players’ Association are currently in favor of playing no preseason games this year. These reports come after sources said the NFL was planning on shortening the preseason to two games from four this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

The NFLPA must sign off on any decision the league makes, but they have not yet shown their approval of the plans to shorten the preseason to two games. A Board of Representatives call that will provide more information on the developments is scheduled to take place later today.

NHL

Toronto And Edmonton Expected To Be Named Hub Cities

Sportsnet says that Toronto and Edmonton are expected to be named the hub cities for the NHL season restart. The decision will be finalized once the players approve the league’s return-to-play plan, which is expected to happen later this week. Elliotte Friedman reported that teams will likely play in one of the two locations based upon conference alignment, so Eastern Conference teams will likely play in Toronto while Western Conference teams will be in Edmonton.

MLB

Teams Cannot Identify Players Who Test Positive For COVID-19

There will likely be players who test positive for COVID-19 this baseball season, but they will not have to reveal that information to the public unless they want to. According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, “teams are not allowed to divulge the name of any player who tests positive.” The law goes on to state that only a player can reveal to the public that they tested positive for COVID-19. The MLBPA has not made a comment on the decision at this time.

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Sources: Cam Newton To Sign With Patriots

The “incentive-laden” deal is reportedly for one-year

It looks like the Pats have found Tom Brady’s successor. A little before 8:00 PM EST, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is “incentive-laden.”

This addition means that the Patriots have three Quarterbacks on the roster heading into this season. Newton will be competing with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the Pats’ starting job. Whoever ends up starting for New England will have big shoes to fill as he looks to be the successor to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

Cam Newton just turned 31 last month after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton had notable success after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished his tenure with Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in Quarterback Wins, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Rushing Touchdowns. Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he was named the NFL MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

Sources: Cam Newton To Sign With Patriots

The “incentive-laden” deal is reportedly for one-year

It looks like the Pats have found Tom Brady’s successor. A little before 8:00 PM EST, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is “incentive-laden.”

This addition means that the Patriots have three Quarterbacks on the roster heading into this season. Newton will be competing with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the Pats’ starting job. Whoever ends up starting for New England will have big shoes to fill as he looks to be the successor to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

Cam Newton just turned 31 last month after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton had notable success after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished his tenure with Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in Quarterback Wins, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Rushing Touchdowns. Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he was named the NFL MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

Coronavirus Update For 6/26/20

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NBA

16 Players Test Positive For COVID-19

The first series of Coronavirus tests have been conducted by the NBA, and the results are not great. The NBA and the Players’ Union announced that 16 players out of 302 total tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. This means that 5.3% of the players in the NBA pool have tested positive for Coronavirus.

Under the NBA’s current safety guidelines, any player that tests positive for COVID-19 must remain in self-isolation until “he satisfies public health protocols.” A player may only end their period of self-isolation if given permission by a doctor or physician.

NHL

Vancouver No Longer Being Considered As Hub City for Restart

Yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks announced that their city will not serve as a 12-team “hub” when the NHL season restarts. This news comes despite there being speculation that Vancouver was a front-runner city to be named an NHL hub.

Canucks Sports and Entertainment COO Trent Carroll released a statement about the decision yesterday. He said, “although Vancouver won’t be a Hub City, we are still excited to see hockey start up again…”

NFL

Teams Told Training Camps Will Open As Scheduled

The NFL is still on track to start the 2020 regular season on time. Yesterday, the NFL advised teams that training camps across the league will still open on July 28th as planned. The league also said that certain selected players will be permitted to report to training camps even earlier than that.

The decision was announced during a virtual meeting amongst the owners yesterday. The Commissioner went on to say after the meeting that they not only plan to start on time, but they are planning to “get ready for games at our stadiums and to engage our fans both in stadiums and through our media partners.”

MLB

Giants To Display Fans’ Images In Stands

Yesterday, the San Francisco Giants announced a new program that will allow fans to send in images of themselves to be used on cardboard cutouts in the stands at games. The “Giants Fan Cutout Program” allows Giants’ fans to send in an image of themselves that will be placed on a cardboard cutout that will be in the stands during Giants’ home games throughout the 2020 season. The program will only be available to San Francisco Giants season ticket-holders

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2020 NFL Hall Of Fame Game Canceled, Enshrinement Postponed

First Preseason game of 2020 season scheduled for August has been canceled

It looks like we are going to have to wait longer than expected for our first football game of the 2020 NFL season. Early this morning, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that the opening game of the 2020 preseason, the NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game, has been canceled. Also, the league announced the enshrinement ceremony for the 2020 Hall of Fame class will be postponed to next year.

Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO and President David Baker voiced his opinions on the decision. He explained that the health and safety of Hall of Famers and football fans came first and foremost when making this decision. “The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make Enshrinement Week so special remains our top priority… the Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021…”

The Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to take place on August 6th, 2020. The game was supposed to be a matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. However, now that the Hall of Fame Game is no longer taking place, the Steelers and Cowboys will be expected to report to training camp like the rest of the teams in the league in late July.

The 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will now be honored next summer in 2021. Eight individuals were elected to the Hall of Fame this year. Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, and Troy Polamalu, Head Coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson, and three contributors: Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, and George Young, will now all be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next summer with the class of 2021.

Coronavirus Update For 6/17/20

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NBA

League Lays Out Specific Plans, Health Protocols For Season Restart

Yesterday, the NBA sent teams a 100-plus page document that outlined almost every detail of what life will be like for players and staff at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida when the season restarts next month. The document explained social distancing guidelines as well as how the league plans to handle a player or staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

The document laid out a process for players or staff members to follow if they test positive for Coronavirus. First, they will be placed in “isolation housing” to avoid infecting others. The individual will then have to take another COVID-19 test as soon as possible in order to rule out the possibility of a false positive. A third Coronavirus test will be administered 24 hours after the first if the second test comes back negative. A person can only leave isolation once they record two negative Coronavirus test results in a 24 hour period.

MLB

Dr. Fauci Says MLB Season Shouldn’t Go Too Deep Into Fall

Yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, voiced his concerns about the potential 2020 MLB season. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the doctor said baseball would be better served being played during the summer and not extending too far into late Fall.

“If the question is time, I would try to keep it in the core summer months and end it not with the way we play the World Series, until the end of October when it’s cold, I would avoid that.”

Dr. Fauci explaining that the MLB Season should not end too late

When to end the potential season has been a big talking point between the MLB and the Players’ Union. Dr. Fauci said that if baseball is to be played, it should be done mostly during the summer. The MLB season remains in jeopardy as the Commissioner’s office is currently refusing to set a schedule for the season in response to the players’ union’s decision to end negotiations with the league.

NHL

Players Reportedly Won’t Have To Wear Face Shields When Play Resumes

It seems the NHL is confident in its plans to contain COVID-19 when the season picks back up. According to ESPN, the National Hockey League will not expect players to wear face shields during gameplay when the season starts up again. ESPN is saying that this does not necessarily mean players will not wear some type of face-covering during competition.

A person who spoke anonymously to the Associated Press said that emphasis has been placed on player testing and other safety precautions outside of the arena. ESPN is saying that daily testing of players means additional on-ice safety equipment is not expected to be required for practices or games.

NFL

Ohio Governor Says Hall OF Fame Game Likely Won’t Have Fans

The first game of the NFL preseason will likely not have fans. Yesterday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said that if the 2020 NFL Hall of Fame Game is played, it will likely be without fans in attendance. The game, which is scheduled for August 6th, will be a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“As much as I hate to say this, because we’ve all been looking forward to that and I know how much it means to the Canton area and the Stark County area and, really, across the country, it’s a great, great event that we’ve been looking forward to, [but] having a crowd that size is highly unlikely. Certainly, it could not occur today. It would be very dangerous to do it today.”

Mike DeWine explains that fans likely won’t attend the Hall of Fame Game in an interview with WKYC-TV

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium reportedly has a capacity of 23,000. According to ProFootballTalk, July 1st appears to be the deadline for the final decision on whether or not the game will be played.

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Sources: Members Of Two NFL Teams Test Positive For COVID-19

Sources tell ESPN players on the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys have tested positive for Coronavirus

Earlier today, it was reported that players on the Cowboys and Texans tested positive for COVID-19. The news was first reported by Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Ezekiel Elliott is one of the players that has tested positive for the Coronavirus according to his agent. Zeke’s agent told the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Elliott is “feeling good.” However, Dallas could not provide any further information on the status of the all-star running back in a statement issued by the team shortly after the news was reported.

Sources say one player was reportedly feeling flu-like symptoms but is fine now. Meanwhile, sources also confirmed that another player who tested positive for the disease is currently asymptomatic. Previously, Von Miller of the Denver Broncos and Brian Allen of the Los Angeles Rams are the only other NFL players that have publicly revealed they tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Ian Rapoport, none of the players that tested positive for the disease have visited team facilities yet. Rapoport is also saying that the Texans and Cowboys are currently following all proper health protocols outlined by local health officials and the NFL.

Coronavirus Update For 6/14/20

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NBA

Players And Staff To Be Tested Every Other Day For Coronavirus In Orlando

The league sent out a memo to teams yesterday that outlined how Coronavirus testing will take place once the season starts back up again. The NBA said that the first Coronavirus tests for players and staff will happen on June 23rd and then take place every other day after that.

The memo said that all players and staff will be administered a COVID-19 test as well as a COVID-19 antibodies test. Each person on each team will then be tested every other day and two days directly before the team leaves to travel to Orlando. All clubs are scheduled to arrive in Florida between July 7th and July 9th.

NFL

League Commissioners Coming Together For ESPN Special Tomorrow

ESPN will be hosting a conversation tomorrow with a number of commissioners from some of the top professional sports leagues in America. Commissioners from the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, and WNBA will discuss the current state of sports and the concerns about Coronavirus Monday night on SportsCenter Special: The Return of Sports. The program will air from 9 PM to 11 PM EST.

MLB

Players’ Union Rejects Latest Proposal From Owners

There continues to be tension between Major League Baseball players and owners. Yesterday, the MLBPA asked the league to set a schedule for the 2020 season rather than counter the MLB’s latest collective bargaining agreement proposal. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark rejected the proposal and said, “further dialogue with the league would be futile. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”

An agreement between the two sides in March allows the MLB to set a schedule for this season. ESPN is saying that the league could impose a schedule of around 50 games that would reportedly pay players their full prorated salary.

NHL

Arizona Coyotes Staff Member Tests Positive For COVID-19

Yesterday, the Arizona Coyotes were informed that a member of their staff had tested positive for COVID-19. The male staffer has said he feels no symptoms of the disease, but he is still self-isolating at home at this time. All other members of the Coyotes’ organization that are in phase two of the NHL’s return-to-play protocols have tested negative for COVID-19.

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NFL And NFLPA Discussing Shortening Preseason

NFL Network reports that discussions began today

There is a chance that we may miss out on some preseason NFL games this year. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the league and the players’ union are currently discussing the idea of shortening the 2020 NFL Preseason. Pelissero is saying that the league is considering going from four games to two this year.

Nothing has been finalized yet, but multiple team executives that know of the talks believe the NFL Preseason will be cut in half this year. The abbreviated preseason would allow players to spend more time working out while also giving medical experts more time to establish proper health and safety protocols so that the regular season can start on time and all games can be played.

Pelissero explained what he learned on NFL Now. He said, “none of this has to do with when the regular season would begin. This is strictly about the preseason, having the testing protocols, the game day protocols, all up to speed… Let’s go back to 2011, coming out of the lockout, there was a rash of injuries league statistically, hamstrings, Achilles injuries, and guys just coming back in not the best of shape…”

The first game of the NFL Preseason is scheduled to take place on August 6th when the Cowboys take on the Steelers in the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game. The NFL regular season is still expected to begin on-time on Thursday, September 10th.

Coronavirus Update For 6/8/20

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NBA

Sources: League Will Use Win Percentages To Determine Standings

According to sources, the NBA has decided that the standings for the league will be determined by winning percentage when play resumes next month. Sources also said that typical tie-breaking procedures will be used if necessary. These decisions are expected to play an important role in the final seeding of the Western Conference playoffs which has 13 teams competing for eight spots.

The league will be resuming the 2019-20 season next month in Orlando, Florida. 22 teams have been invited to the facilities to participate in eight regular-season games to determine who qualifies for the playoffs. Nine teams from the East and 13 teams from the West will be traveling to Orlando to participate in the events.

MLB

New Proposal From League Reportedly Features 76-Game Season

Sources are saying Major League Baseball has a new offer for a return-to-play plan. A source close to the negotiations told ESPN’s Karl Ravech the league made a proposal to the MLBPA earlier today for a new return-to-play plan. The proposal reportedly features a 76-game regular-season with players receiving 75% of their prorated salaries.

The plan also reportedly has a $200 million postseason pool for the players. Also, the proposal would have the MLB season end no later than October 31st. The playoff schedule, which would feature ten teams, has not yet been finalized.

NFL

Teams Receive Memo About Total Reopening Of Facilities

The league now has a plan in place for clubs to completely reopen team facilities. The NFL reportedly sent out a memo to all teams that states proper guidelines and protocols for the total reopening of training facilities.

The four-part memo breaks down the protocols players must follow to be allowed back into facilities. Some of the factors players must take into consideration include physical distancing, proper cleaning and hygiene, and even taking steps to educate yourself about the spread of COVID-19.

The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that no timetables have been set for when minicamps or training camps are expected to begin. However, Pelissero is reporting that the NFL and the NFLPA are discussing the possibility of certain players, like rookies or veterans on new teams, being allowed to return to facilities before June 26th.

NHL

League Transitioning To Next Phase Of Return-To-Play Plan

The National Hockey League continues to move closer to normalcy. The NHL announced that it is transitioning into phase two of its return-to-play plan. This means that teams will be allowed to reopen training facilities starting today if local regulations allow it.

During this next phase of the plan, NHL players and coaches will have much more freedom to work out and train. Players will be permitted to work out in small groups of no more than six. Players will also be required to wear face coverings at all times in the facility except when exercising or on the ice.

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Coronavirus Update For 6/4/20

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NBA

Sources: League Approves Plan To Restart Season In Orlando

Basketball is almost here! Earlier today, a source told ESPN that the league’s Board of Governors voted to approve the league’s 22-team format to restart the 2019-20 season. Sources say the plan was approved in a 29-1 vote.

Under the plan, 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams will head to Orlando, Florida to resume and eventually finish the 2019-20 NBA season. Each team will play in eight regular-season games to determine playoff seeding. There will be a potential play-in tournament for the eighth seed in either conference if necessary.

NHL

Source: League And Players’ Union Agree On Playoff Format

Hockey is coming back! According to ESPN’s sources, the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed on a playoff proposal. The plan features a 24-team qualifying tournament comprised of best-of-five series. Sources say all four rounds of the playoffs will be a best-of-seven series.

According to ESPN, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league is on track to hold Training Camps starting in July. Determining health and safety protocols will be the next step in the league’s plan to return to play.

MLB

League Reportedly Rejects MLBPA’s 114-Game Proposal

It looks like we will have to continue waiting for the return of Professional Baseball. ESPN’s sources have confirmed that Major League Baseball rejected the MLBPA’s return-to-play proposal that included a 114-game schedule with no additional salary cuts. Sources are saying the league did not make a counterproposal to the players’ union.

Players presented their proposal to the league on Sunday in response to management’s plan of an 82-game season. Under the players’ plan, the regular season would run from June 30th to October 31st. At this time the league has said it has no interest in extending the season into November.

NFL

Coaches Allowed To Return To Facilities This Week

NFL coaching staff members will be allowed to return to team facilities starting this week. Commissioner Goodell sent out a memo to clubs that said coaches will be allowed to return to team facilities starting tomorrow. The league has said that players who are not being treated for injuries are still not allowed to work out at team facilities at this time.

The memo states that coaches may only return to club facilities if the team “received necessary permission from state and local governments to reopen its facility.” Clubs may also have up to 100 employees at the team facility if given permission by local authorities.

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NFL Training Camp Only Allowed At Team Facilities

League expected to make change to off-season policy by late-July

The NFL is making yet another change to the off-season schedule as the world continues to feel the impact of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. According to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, earlier today, the league informed all 32 clubs that training camps will only be held at team facilities this season. Fans had previously been allowed to attend NFL Training camps at designated locations across the country before this season.

The purpose of the decision is to limit the amount of travel and potential exposure to COVID-19. ESPN is reporting that there are seven teams that are expecting to hold their training camps at locations different from where their training facilities are.

This afternoon, two franchises announced the cancellation of training camps held outside team facilities. It is being reported that the Panthers will not be holding their training camp at Wofford College in South Carolina for the first time in franchise history. It is also being reported that the Dallas Cowboys will not hold Training Camp in Oxnard, California this summer as originally scheduled.

ESPN is reporting that the league plans to announce the policy change soon. Also, the league reportedly has a tentative start date of late July for the beginning of camps.

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NBA

Sources: Board Of Governors Expected To Approve Commissioner’s Restart Plan

According to ESPN’s sources, the NBA’s Board of Governors is expected to approve Commissioner Adam Silver’s season restart plan this week. The Board of Governors will be voting on the plan this Thursday. The proposal needs three-fourths majority approval to be passed.

Under the plan, the NBA would bring 22 teams to Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida to play games during the summer. Sources are saying that this plan would likely include regular-season and play-in games to determine the finalized seeding for the playoffs in both the Eastern and Western conferences.

Sources say the NBA has not yet endorsed a restart plan. Sources are also saying that one plan, which included allowing all 30 teams to resume play, is no longer possible.

MLB

Sources: MLBPA Delivers Return-To-Play Counterproposal To League

According to ESPN, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association presented a return-to-play plan to the league on Sunday. Sources say the plan includes a 114-game season, deferred salaries in case the season is canceled, and an opt-out option for all players concerned about the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The proposal says that the 114-game season would run from June 30th to October 31st. However, Major League Baseball originally suggested the season only be 82-games long.

ESPN says the players’ association expects the league to reject this offer. However, the union is hopeful that this proposal will bridge the gap between these two sides and allow them to come to an agreement to return-to-play later this week.

NHL

League Expecting To Test Players Daily If Play Resumes

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the league will test players for COVID-19 daily if play resumes. He said, “we will have a rigorous daily testing protocol where players are tested every evening and those results are obtained before they would leave their hotel rooms the next morning, so we’ll know if we have a positive test and whether the player has to self-quarantine himself as a result of that positive test… It’s expensive, but we think it’s really a foundational element of what we’re trying to accomplish.”

The league says that each Coronavirus test costs approximately $125. Commissioner Gary Bettman estimates that the league will need between 25,000 to 35,000 tests to get through the end of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Commissioner believes that testing will cost the league millions.

NFL

DeSean Jackson: Players Should Be Miked Up If There Are No Fans

Philadelphia Eagles’ Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson has admitted that it will be a “culture shock” if there are no fans in NFL stadiums this season. However, DJax has said that if that ends up being the case, players should be miked up for games so that fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at the NFL. Jackson appeared on teammate Lane Johnson’s podcast, Outside The Lane, where he explained how great of an opportunity it could be.

“I think they should [mike up players]. They should give fans the [insight] to see what really goes on between the white lines… It gets crazy, bro. I know in the trenches it gets crazy. And I know on the outside it gets crazy, too, the conversations we go back and forth on.”

DeSean Jackson on the Outside The Lane Podcast

The NFL is still preparing contingency plans for the 2020 season. Last week, Dolphins’ Owner Stephen Ross did say on CNBC, “we’re planning to have fans in the stadium.”

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Commissioner Announces Next Plans For Starting Season On-Time

The NFL is giving players a bit more time to work from home. Earlier today, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league’s virtual off-season workout program has been extended another two weeks. Another important detail that was included in the announcement was that coaches could return to team facilities as early as next week.

The announcement was made in a memo sent out by the Commissioner to all teams and club presidents. Players are still not allowed to return to team facilities at this time. The memo states that the NFLPA is developing protocols with the league to get players back into facilities “before the conclusion of the offseason program.”

MLB

Players’ Union Proposal Suggests More Games, Full Prorated Salaries

The MLB and the MLBPA are at each other’s throats right now as the two sides are working to come to an agreement that will allow baseball to be played this year. According to ESPN’s sources, the MLB Players’ Association will be countering the league’s initial return-to-play offer with an offer of their own that includes more than 100 games and full, prorated salaries for players. According to sources close to the talks, MLB players “essentially pledged to ignore the league’s proposal” when it was presented to them on Wednesday.

ESPN is reporting that the MLB’s original proposal called for a pay decrease on top of prorated player salaries. ESPN says that under the league’s proposal, a player like Mike Trout would be paid less than $6 million to play in 82 games this season. Trout’s base salary for the 2020 season was scheduled to be $36 million.

NHL

League Awards Regular-Season Trophies

Now that the NHL has ended the regular season, the league has decided to hand out the awards that are presented after each year. The Boston Bruins were awarded the President’s Cup Trophy for leading the league standings with 100 points on the season. The awards didn’t stop there for Boston though. Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak were given the William H Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the NHL this season. Leon Draisaitl won the Art Ross Trophy for the first time in his career after leading the NHL in points this season with 110 in 71 games. Lastly, there was a tie for the Maurice Richards Trophy this season, which is awarded to the league’s top goalscorer each year. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Boston’s David Pastrnak both finished the regular season tied for first with 48 goals apiece.

NBA

2020 Basketball Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Delayed

Yesterday, Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the board of governors for the Hall of Fame, told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan that the enshrinement ceremony for the 2020 Hall of Fame class will be moved to the Spring of 2021. The 2020 Class includes Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett.

The original dates of the enshrinement were supposed to be from August 28th through August 30th. The proposed alternate dates of October 10th-12th are “just not feasible” at this time, according to ESPN. Colangelo said that the Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors will meet June 10th to discuss dates for the Spring enshrinement ceremony.

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NHL

League Ready For Next Step In Season Resumption

The NHL sent a memo out to teams over the weekend that said the league is ready to move to the next phase of its return-to-play plan. The memo that was circulated said teams can begin to prepare to move into phase two of the plan. This means players will soon be able to begin working out in small groups at team facilities.

The NHL has not selected an exact date for when it will begin its next phase. It is being reported that the league is eyeing early June for the start date of phase two. Phase one of the NHL’s plan, which involved self-isolation, began back on March 12th.

MLB

NY Governor Says Pro Teams Can Return To Facilities

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that teams in New York can return to their facilities for training. All training and activities for professional sports in New York state had been paused for the last two months.

The Governor had a news conference yesterday in which he welcomed the return of sports to NY. “Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps…” he said. The MLB, NHL, and NBA are all discussing resuming their seasons with their respective players’ unions.

NBA

Patrick Ewing Out Of Hospital After COVID-19 Diagnosis

Earlier today, former NBA star Patrick Ewing told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that he is recovering at home after being diagnosed with Coronavirus. On Friday, Ewing announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was being treated at a Washington DC hospital.

Patrick Ewing Jr. has been giving updates on his father’s condition. Ewing Jr. confirmed over twitter that his father was out of the hospital and is “now home and getting better.”

NFL

Woods/Manning Beat Mickelson/Brady To Win “The Match”

Four of the most recognizable faces in the world of sports came together to raise money for charity. Yesterday, Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson teamed up to take on Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods in The Match: Champions for Charity at Medalist Golf Club. Despite the bad weather, these stars gave us quite a show.

There was playful banter and teasing between the participants. Even some of the most famous stars in the NFL tuned in to watch the match. In the end, Woods and Manning came out on top, but everybody left a winner that day. The exhibition match helped raise $20 million for Coronavirus Relief efforts.

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Players’ Association Board Approves 24-Team Playoff Format

Yesterday, the executive board of the NHLPA elected to approve a 24-team playoff format, based on conference, for a potential restart of the 2019-20 season. The league is reportedly hoping that it can resume play this summer. The NHL paused the 2019-20 regular season back on March 12th.

Under the proposal, the top four seeds from both conferences will receive byes in the first round of the postseason. Also, the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will feature eight different best-of-five play-in series. These series will take place between the teams ranked five through 12 in both the East and the West Conference Standings.

NBA

League Talking About Resuming Play At Disney’s ESPN Complex

Earlier today, a spokesperson for the NBA said the league is discussing resuming the 2019-20 season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. NBA Spokesperson Mike Bass said that play would take place at the complex located in Orlando, Florida, and start sometime in July.

Bass said, “the NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing.” He continued by explaining the league’s main concerns at this time. “Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”

It is still unclear if the NBA will resume the 2019-20 regular season or jump right into the playoffs. ESPN says that the 220-acre complex should allow the league to restart play while also limiting outside exposure to the Coronavirus.

MLB

Players’ Union Asks For More Coronavirus Testing Than Proposed

On Thursday, the MLBPA gave management a response to a set of protocols that were proposed for the upcoming season regarding how the league will handle the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The union addressed issues like player protection, access to doctors, protocols for testing, and several other factors that influence that start of the 2020 season.

The Players’ Association is mainly focused on the availability of COVID-19 tests. According to ESPN, “the union wants more frequent testing than management’s proposed ‘multiple times per week.'” The league is expected to make an economic proposal to the players’ association over the next few days.

NFL

Mahomes Speaks At Texas Tech’s Virtual Commencement

Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes had the opportunity to speak at Texas Tech’s virtual commencement ceremony earlier today. His message to the graduates was simple, “go out and win your Super Bowl.”

Mahomes spoke to the 2020 Red Raiders’ graduating class for a little less than two minutes. One of the most important things he said was, “I know this isn’t the graduation ceremony that you and your families had envisioned, but that doesn’t change the outcome or all the hard work, long hours and sacrifices that you made to achieve this milestone… I know this is sure not how you imagined spending your last days as a student.” Texas Tech held its graduation ceremony virtually because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

NCAA

All Athletes Can Resume On-Campus Activities Starting June

Yesterday, the NCAA D-I Council announced that athletes from all sports can resume voluntary, on-campus workouts beginning on June 1st. The announcement means that all athletes can continue individual workouts as long as they abide by state and local health protocols.

This decision is not that surprising. On Wednesday, the organization said that athletes participating in football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball could resume voluntary workouts starting on June 1st.

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NFL Owners To Vote On Rules Changes Next Week

Proposal would include another referee and an alternative option to onside kicks

There may be some new rules this year as the NFL races to make sure the 2020-21 season starts on time. Yesterday, a few rule changes were proposed to NFL owners. The two major reforms the league is considering is adding another official to the game and a potential alternative to the onside kick.

The Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Chargers have both proposed the addition of a booth umpire as an official on the field. The official, who would be known as the “Sky Judge,” would be the eighth referee on the football field. Last month, the NFL competition committee came out in support of more on-field officiating.

Another proposal the league is considering is replacing onside kicks with a single offensive play. The idea, which was proposed by the Philadelphia Eagles, would give the team that just scored the ball back if they can successfully convert a 4th and 15 play from their own 25 yard-line. Under the proposal, a team could run that play at most two times per game. According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league has already tweaked the language of the proposal so that a team does not have to be trailing in order to run the play.

There is also one more proposal being considered by the league. The rule change would prevent teams from manipulating the game by committing multiple dead-ball penalties while the clock is still running. This loophole was exploited by the New England Patriots against the Jets in the regular season and later by the Tennessee Titans against the Patriots in the postseason.

The league is considering all these rule changes and many more for the upcoming season. At this time, the NFL has decided to abandon the pass interference replay review rule that was introduced last season. League owners are expected to vote on these rule changes during a virtual meeting that is scheduled for May 28th.

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NHL

League Eyeing 24-Team Playoff Format

Sources confirmed with ESPN that the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are discussing a 24-team playoff format for the potential restart of the 2019-20 season. The proposed format, which was first reported by Sportsnet, would be broken up by conference.

Under the proposed playoff format, 12 teams from the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference would qualify for this year’s playoffs. The top four seeds in both conferences would receive first-round byes if the proposal were to be passed. The first round of the postseason will reportedly be a five-game play-in series between seeds five through 12. Sportsnet is reporting that discussions about the proposal could begin as early as today.

MLB

Players Hoping For More Freedoms Under New Health Proposal

ESPN is saying that some Major League Baseball players are hoping the league makes some adjustments to the recently-proposed new health protocols. The players are apparently most interested in reducing the frequency of player and staff tests in clubhouses.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Infielder Paul DeJong was able to explain what his concerns were. He said, “the daily testing, I’m a fan of, to quickly determine our status every day, but given that, I’d like to see the freedom operating in the clubhouse and on the field.”

DeJong went on to say that no pothole is big enough to derail the return of baseball. He said that he is more concerned about the financial issues that will arise moving forward. He ended things by saying, “There were a lot of rules and infrastructure to get in place and enforce. … We’ll find the right mix. We can pull this off.”

NBA

Timberwolves Announce Plan To Open Practice Facility

The Minnesota Timberwolves released a statement that they will be opening the team’s practice facility for workouts starting today. The announcement was made by Minnesota’s PR team yesterday. The practice facility at Mayo Clinic Square will be open to all voluntary player workouts.

The Timberwolves are following all new health guidelines passed down by the NBA, just like every other team that has opened their facilities since the season pause. About 15 NBA teams have re-opened their training facilities for workouts so far.

NFL

Teams Start Process Of Re-Opening Facilities

A number of NFL teams have begun to re-open facilities after they were given permission to start doing so by Commissioner Goodell starting on May 15th. Teams are only allowed to open facilities if they adhere to all state and local health protocols.

The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said that eight teams opened up facilities in some capacity coming into today. The Chiefs, Cowboys, Falcons, Steelers, Texans, Colts, and Cardinals all reportedly reopened some facilities on Tuesday. Pelissero said that the Cincinnati Bengals were the only team to open facilities yesterday. At this time, coaches are not allowed to return to facilities according to the new NFL rules.

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Teams Can Re-Open Facilities Starting Today

Today is the first day of this off-season that clubs are allowed to open team facilities so that they can be used by players and staffers. At this time though, coaches and non-rehabbing players are not allowed in the buildings. It is currently unclear which NFL facilities have officially opened so far.

Last week, clubs received a memo from the Commissioner saying teams were allowed to open and start using facilities on May 19th, today. Teams are only allowed to open their facilities if they meet pre-established health protocols and receive clearance from state and local officials. If teams do not meet these standards, their facilities will remain closed until everything is brought up to code.

MLB

New York, Texas, And Other States Moving Closer To Return Of Pro Sports

Governors across the nation are becoming more comfortable with the idea of professional sports returning to their states. Yesterday, political leaders from California, New York, Texas, and Pennsylvania discussed the return of sports to their states as soon as next month, possibly.

California’s Governor said the potential return of sports to the state is related to the recent progress made against the Coronavirus Pandemic. California has seen a 7.5% decrease in hospitalizations over the last two weeks. Governor Newsom said that if this decline continues, then professional sports can return to California “…in the ‘first week or so of June without spectators and modifications and very prescriptive conditions.'”

Now that Texas, Cali, NY, and Pennsylvania have discussed the idea of opening up for professional sports, that makes it six states that are ready for sports to come back. Earlier this month, both Florida and Arizona announced they were ready to open up for professional sports leagues.

NBA

Reports: League Still Expected To Use Lottery Process

Despite all the changes that have been made in the sports world over the last few months, at least one thing is staying the same. According to ESPN’s sources, the NBA still plans on using the lottery format they used last year to determine the picks in this year’s Draft.

The NBA postponed the Draft Lottery and the Combine back on May 1st. Both events were scheduled to take place in Chicago. There is not a date set for the NBA Draft Lottery, but the 2020 NBA Draft is currently scheduled for June 25th.

NHL

League Considering Eight To Nine Locations For Season Restart

The NHL has narrowed its list of places to restart the season to less than ten cities. Yesterday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league is considering “probably eight or nine different places” that can accommodate “a dozen or so teams in one location.” Bettman made the announcement during an interview at a sports business conference.

The league is saying that it has some issues to overcome if the season is to be restarted. The league would have to deal with border problems, especially since 17% of NHL players are from outside North America. The league is also saying it needs plenty of space to house teams and plenty of testing kits need to be available for the remainder of the season.

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NFL Clubs Given Permission To Re-Open Team Facilities

Teams are permitted to re-open facilities this coming week

It looks like NFL players will be getting back to training and workouts sooner than anticipated. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to teams on Friday saying they are allowed to re-open training facilities as early as this Tuesday. The memo says that facilities can only be opened if they meet the required health standards.

According to the memo, the commissioner emphasized that teams must be “in compliance with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction, and have implemented the protocols that were developed by (league medical officer) Dr. (Allen) Sills and distributed to all clubs on May 6.” Teams can only be allowed back in facilities if permitted by state and local government regulations.

The NFL has established several standards/protocols for the first phase of facility re-opening. Teams are not allowed to have more than 75 people at once at team facilities. Also, no players are allowed to enter the facilities unless they are currently undergoing treatment for an injury. Of course, the league must report and instance or symptoms of COVID-19.

NFL Proposals Would Reward Teams For Minority Hires

Proposals would give teams more draft picks for hiring minority coaches or GMs

The NFL is working on introducing some new and very controversial rules that have to do with the staff members that teams hire. According to ESPN’s sources, the NFL is considering giving teams improved draft positions/picks if franchises hire minorities as General Managers or Head Coaches.

Multiple sources are saying there will be a few major rule changes under the proposal. The first big difference will be the removal of the anti-tampering rule that blocked assistant coaches from interviewing with other teams. The next big reform would be that teams will be rewarded with higher draft slots for hiring minorities as head coaches or club executives.

The two proposals will be presented at the virtual owners’ meeting this coming Tuesday. ESPN is saying that the resolutions need 24 votes out of 32 in order to be passed. According to ESPN, only two current NFL GMs are minorities.

NFL Extends Virtual Workouts Schedule

Virtual off-season workouts will now run through May

It looks like NFL players will not be seeing the field or training facilities for a while. Around 1:00 PM EST today, Adam Schefter tweeted that the league informed all teams that its virtual offseason program has been extended through the end of May. The virtual offseason was originally scheduled to run through May 15th.

The NFL and the NFLPA agreed to a voluntary offseason program back on April 13th. The league’s offseason program started on April 20th and was scheduled to run through this Friday.

Only one team has not participated in the NFL’s virtual offseason program: the New Orleans Saints. Back on April 22nd, New Orleans announced that they canceled all offseason workout programs until the start of Training Camp due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Sean Payton did test positive for Coronavirus in the middle of last month, but he eventually did announce that he had been “cleared” of the disease on March 25th.

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Sources Say League Feeling Optimistic About Return Following Call With Commissioner

We may get a chance to see the NBA play out the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Members of the league’s board of governors held a virtual meeting yesterday with Commissioner Adam Silver. According to ESPN’s sources, everybody left the meeting “feeling increasingly positive about the league’s momentum toward a resumption of play this season…”

Sources close to the league are saying that owners and executives on yesterday’s call feel good about the way the league has been handling and minimizing health risks for players and staff. Sources also said that the league has a good feeling about conversations with the NBAPA over when players want to see the season restarted.

Adrian Wojnarowski is saying that there are still a few factors that need to be considered by the league and players before anybody can return to play. According to Woj’s sources, understanding how the disease spreads and keeping up to date with new developments in virus testing are two of the most important factors the league has been taking into consideration at this time.

NFL

AZ Governor Says Pro Sports Can Resume In-State Later This Week

One state is planning on re-opening its doors very soon to the professional sports world. Yesterday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that professional sports can resume being played in the state without fans staring this Saturday. This means that MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA games can be played in Arizona starting this weekend.

Governor Ducey has said that he has had conversations with multiple influential figures from the Big Four North American sports leagues. However, the Governor did not specifically reveal who he talked to or what was discussed.

Governor Ducey is confident in the decision he made to re-open the state to professional sports teams and leagues. He said, “it would be at this point in time, according to the CDC guidelines, without fans…” He later went on to cite his public health director during the press conference, saying “we could do that safely in the state of Arizona beginning May 16.”

MLB

Sources: Money Not Talked About In MLB’s Opening Conversations With Players

Major League Baseball could still be a long way from restarting because of potential revenue-sharing issues. According to sources at ESPN, a multi-hour meeting was held yesterday between the MLB and the MLBPA to discuss issues currently impacting the sport’s return to play. Sources are saying that money was not discussed during the meeting yesterday.

Some of the items addressed during the meeting yesterday include timing and logistics for another Spring Training, potential rule changes, and adjustments to the size of each team’s roster. However, most of the meeting was focused around testing for COVID-19 and making sure proper safety protocols are in place should the league resume Spring Training. ESPN is saying that health and safety concerns will be passed along to the MLBPA over the coming days.

NHL

AHL Cancels Remainder Of Season

One American Sports League has given up on trying to finish the remainder of its season. Earlier this week, the American Hockey League announced that it canceled the remainder of the regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The decision to cancel this season was made by the league’s board of governors following a vote on Friday. The AHL originally paused its season on the same day that the NHL announced its season pause.

AHL President and CEO David Andrews acknowledged that this was an incredibly difficult decision to make. He said, “after a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”

This will mark the first time that a Calder Cup has not been awarded to a team since the 1936-37 season. Charlotte, the top affiliate team for the Carolina Hurricanes, won last year’s Calder Cup by defeating Chicago four games to one.

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Reports: NFL And Teams Agree To Proposal That Will Raise Debt Limits

Each team’s debt limit would reportedly increase by $150M

Earlier today, sources close to ESPN said that the NFL and club executives agreed to a proposal that would raise the debt limit for every team for the 2020 season. The debt limit will be raised to $500M from $350M for each team under the proposal.

The agreement was reached by the two sides on a conference call yesterday. ESPN’s sources are saying that the agreement was made in response to financial uncertainties caused by the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Owners are scheduled to vote on the proposal next Tuesday.

The idea of raising the debt limit has been discussed by the league and team owners for weeks. Teams and owners know there will be a huge loss in revenue if games are played without fans in stadiums this coming season. Patrick Rishe, who is the Director of the Sports Business Program at the University of Washington in St. Louis, estimates that the NFL would lose $138M a week in revenue. He also believes the league could lose up to $2.3B if the full season was played without fans.

There is no clarity on what the 2020 NFL regular season could look like. The league did release the full regular-season schedule last week and expects to start the season on time. The NFL regular season is set to begin on September 10th when the Kansas City Chiefs play the Houston Texans.

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NBA

Commissioner Silver Holds Phone Call With NBA Players

Earlier today, Commissioner Adam Silver held a phone call with members of the NBAPA to discuss the remainder of this season and what the plans might be for the future. According to sources close to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, restarting the season, discussing where games could be played, and potential formatting for the NBA Playoffs were all ideas talked about during the call.

The first thing Woj’s sources explained was how the league wants to approach restarting and playing games. Commissioner Silver reportedly said that playing in just one or two locations “would be safer…” Sources also said that the NBA does not feel pressure to restart the season in May or even June.

Woj’s sources also explained that the commissioner is hopeful that the league would have a playoff that featured a seven-game series in every round. Silver also reportedly said that he believes the playoffs would go by quicker if all games were held in just two locations since it will limit the need for travel. Woj is saying that Orlando and Las Vegas are two of the top locations currently being considered by the league.

Wojnarowski said that there was an important message that Commissioner Silver wanted the players to take away from the phone call. “This is going to be hard — and hard for a long time. We need to work together. Hard choices are coming. No one will agree on everything…” Silver said.

NHL

League And Players’ Association Agree To cancel International Games

Earlier today, it was announced that the NHL would not be playing any more internationally-scheduled games in 2020. The announcement was jointly made by the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.

The sides came together to release a statement about the decision. They said, “The NHLPA and the NHL remain committed to maintaining and growing our international presence. We hope that our fans overseas understand the need to postpone the 2020 games, but we look forward to being back with them in 2021.”

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Colorado Avalanche were originally scheduled to play a regular-season game this year in Helsinki, Finland before the season was paused in March. On top of that, the Boston Bruins and the Nashville Predators are scheduled to play against each other in the Czech Republic to open their 2020-21 regular-seasons. The league was also reportedly hoping to play a game in China in 2021 but that is now unlikely.

MLB

League Reportedly Planning To Shorten Upcoming Draft

According to ESPN’s sources, Major League Baseball is planning on cutting down the 2020 Draft to just five rounds. This is a drastic change from the typical MLB Draft which usually consists of 40 rounds. ESPN is saying the decision comes as team owners look to save money amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The reported changes to the draft come after the MLB and the MLBPA agreed back in March to reduce the number of rounds in the 2020 Draft. ESPN said that the agreement “…allows teams to delay signing bonuses, with a maximum of $100,000 to be paid within 30 days of a player signing, 50% of the remainder due July 1, 2021, and the leftover due July 1, 2022.”

According to ESPN, the plan allows teams to sign an unlimited number of draftees for a maximum amount of $20K per player. The 2020 MLB Draft is currently scheduled to begin on June 10th.

NFL

League Releases 2020 Schedule

Yesterday, the NFL released the schedule for the upcoming year, including the date and time of the opening game of the 2020 regular-season. The full schedule was revealed last night at 8:00 PM EST.

The NFL’s 101st season is scheduled to begin at 8:20 PM EST on Thursday, September 10th when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Houston Texans at in KC. The Texans and Chiefs faced off in the Divisional Round of last year’s playoffs. Kansas City would go on to win by a final score of 51-31 despite being down 21-0 in the first quarter of the game.

ESPN’s Stats and Information Department was able to quickly analyze every team’s schedule. Based on 2019 opponents’ records, the New England Patriots will have the toughest regular-season schedule, while the Ravens have the easiest schedule.

Unsurprisingly, Tom Brady will have plenty of opportunities to show off his talent on his new team. The Buccaneers will play in five primetime games this coming season which is tied with seven other teams for most 2020 regular-season games in primetime. The Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins are the only two teams not scheduled to appear in any primetime games this coming season.

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NFL To Release Schedule This Week

League will reveal full 2020 regular-season schedule on Thursday

On Thursday night at 8:00 PM EST, the NFL will unveil the full schedule for the 2020 regular-season. The schedule release will be available for anybody to watch on NFL.com, the NFL App, and the NFL Network.

There will be some changes to the NFL schedule this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The league announced yesterday that games will not be played at international venues this coming season. This means that five regular-season games, which were originally scheduled to take place in England and Mexico, will now all be played in the United States.

The NFL released the full list of all 32 teams’ opponents back in December. The times and dates of when all these games will be played will become official after the schedule is revealed Thursday night.

Leading up to 8:00 PM EST, the NFL will be hosting Schedule Release ’20. This will be a three-hour-long show in which analysts break down the 2020 regular season and how they think things will play out this coming year.

At this time, the league has prepared a number of contingency plans should the Coronavirus Pandemic intensify. Right now, the league is still trying to determine when it will be safe for players to return to team facilities. For the time being, teams will continue conducting all organizational activities virtually.