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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
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
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.
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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