Commissioner Larry Scott on the Pac-12's financial hit, Power Five coordination, 'concern and anxiety' over the athletes
The Pac-12 is facing a revenue hit of at least $1 million per-school from the cancellation of its men’s basketball tournament and March Madness, although the full extent of the damage won’t be known for weeks.Commissioner Larry Scott told the Hotline on Monday that the conference’s expected distribution of $17.5 million from the NCAA this spring would be reduced by two-thirds, or about $11.5 million.That mirrors the overall reduction: The association announced last week that it would distribute $225 million this year, instead of the planned amount of $600 million, due to the shuttering of the ...
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'The Last Dance,' ESPN's 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the Bulls, will debut on April 19
CHICAGO — Like Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Bulls, ESPN’s “The Last Dance” apparently cannot be held back.Years in the making and originally scheduled to launch in June in conjunction with the 2020 NBA Finals, the long-awaited 10-part documentary about the Jordan-led team’s pursuit of its sixth and final championship instead will run on five successive Sunday nights beginning April 19, ESPN announced Tuesday.Episodes will make their debut in pairs weekly, beginning at 8 p.m. CT, through May 17.“As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world ...
Bob Wojnowski: As the sports world flickers, Tom Izzo keeps the passion burning
It’s late March and Tom Izzo is busy cleaning his garage, and his attic, and his home office with the overstuffed drawers. He’s thinking about going back to woodworking and refinishing furniture. And he finds himself talking more to his 93-year-old mother, Dorothy, about surviving the polio epidemic.In this upside-down world, everyone’s finding things to do and things to think about (and not think about.)“I’m being a human again,” Izzo says. “It’s a scary time for our country. I feel like, who needs to hear about basketball?”The menacing new world affects people in such starkly different ways,...
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Mark Bradley: Let's be real. We mightn't see sports again for a while.
Three weeks ago — seems more like three years, I know — we were wondering who might win the conference basketball tournaments. Three weeks ago, all systems were go for Atlanta’s Final Four. By supper time Wednesday, March 11, the NCAA announced it would stage March Madness sans fans. By 10 p.m. Eastern time, the NBA had suspended its season after Rudy Gobert’s positive test. By 4:30 p.m. Thursday, every conference tournament had been canceled, and so had the Big Dance.That was the beginning of our new normal — working from home, keeping a social distance, trying not to freak out over every sca...
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Georgia man accused of scheming plan to profit from coronavirus testsATLANTA — A Georgia man was involved in a scheme to capitalize on the coronavirus pandemic by submitting phony claims to insurance providers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday.Erik Santos, 49, of Braselton, is charged with one count of conspiring to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and one count of conspiring to commit health care fraud. He was arrested at his home Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.“The complaint in this case describes a defendant who saw the spread of COVID-19 as nothing mor...
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James Dolan and Charles Oakley are no longer being ordered to talk to each other
The Dolan-Oakley chat is off. At least for now.The attorneys from both sides of Oakley’s civil suit are only required to participate in the conference call scheduled for Tuesday, according to a new mediation order from the U.S. Court of Appeals. Knicks owner James Dolan and ex-Knick Charles Oakley were previously required to personally participate, but, according to a source, the sense was that a conference call isn’t conducive to such mediation.Perhaps a face-to-face meeting will spawn from Tuesday’s conference call, but there are several obstacles — including the coronavirus shutdown and Dol...
New York Daily News
How would NBA restart look? Nobody knows, but China's basketball league offers clues.
Similar to the rest of the world, the NBA (and the Miami Heat) faces an uncertain future.Will the league resume the season? Will the season be completely lost? If the season does continue, will the NBA jump right into the playoffs? Will games be played in empty arenas? How can the league play if there’s still the chance that a player, coach or staff member can contract the coronavirus?“It would be tough to lose any kind of season,” veteran Heat forward Udonis Haslem said on a conference call with reporters last week. “But right now there are bigger things going on than basketball. So it’s real...
Magic forward Wes Iwundu joins Jonathan Isaac in effort to help feed kids during school closures
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Magic forward Wes Iwundu has made a donation to help teammate Jonathan Isaac provide food for area schoolchildren amid the coronavirus outbreak.Earlier this month, Isaac invested in the program with his local church, J.U.M.P Ministries, to feed school-aged children under 18 with grab-and-go breakfast and lunch boxes. His ProjectLifeNow.org effort will continue while the pandemic prevents children from eating at school.“Project Life simply believes in standing in the gap for others when they can’t stand for themselves,” Isaac said in a video posted to social media.The ef...
From torment to counsel: Ex-Heat guard Keyon Dooling easing NBA fears
Crisis management is what got Keyon Dooling here, as an NBA voice of hope amid this pandemic.It was an upbringing in Fort Lauderdale, time at Dillard and Cardinal Gibbons high schools and later with the Miami Heat, that shaped him for this moment, a path that included dealing with sexual abuse as a youth and time in a psychiatric hospital as an adult.Now, the retired guard is the voice on the other end of the phone for NBA players, who, for all their wealth and notoriety, are as human as he was during his moments of reaching for a lifeline.This might not have been what Dooling signed up for as...
Terrance Wills leaned on his NBA clients at the Razor Red barbershop by the United Center. But when the sports world shut down, so did his business.
CHICAGO — There’s about 1,200 signatures on the walls inside Razor Red barbershop.It’s lined with the names of former Bulls players such as Scottie Pippen, Taj Gibson and Dwyane Wade; ex-Bears like Matt Forte and David Terrell; and those just passing through town for sporting events, with Kansas coach Bill Self or Celtics forward Enes Kanter as examples.Current Bulls often stop by to get haircuts, from assistant coach Roy Rogers, team training staff members and players like Zach LaVine, Chandler Hutchison and Wendell Carter Jr.But the windows of the shop were boarded up last week when its owne...