Charles McDonald: The NFL is the last organization in the world that should be trusted with anyone's health
As the NFL prepares to rise from the ashes and play football in the middle of an uncontained pandemic, there’s an important question that needs to be asked:After seeing how the NFL has treated its own players, why should it be trusted with the health of larger populations?The United States as a whole hasn’t done nearly enough to safely return to professional sports. Now a league that’s shown callous disregard for its players for decades is going to successfully navigate the coronavirus?The NFL fumbled its way through concussion lawsuits, been stingy with benefits for retired players and been t...
New York Daily News
Scott Lauber: MLB must earn players' trust in COVID-19 testing system in order to go forward with shortened season
PHILADELPHIA — On a scale of one to 10 — one being a nuisance, 10 being a full-blown disruption of his life — Adam Haseley sounded as though a four-day wait for COVID-19 test results that were lost in the mail last week registered about a three.“To my knowledge, mine was one of the only, if not the only one that was in this situation,” the young center fielder said Tuesday, his first day in a Phillies training camp that began last Friday. “But with the Fourth of July weekend and all that stuff, I understood that was a little bit tough. I didn’t think it was a huge deal.”OK, but what if it happ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Paul Sullivan: Blackhawks are keeping their nickname. The decision walks 'a fine line between respect and disrespect.'
CHICAGO — Is it hypocritical to be OK with the Chicago Blackhawks’ decision to keep their nickname and also laud the Cleveland Indians for potentially ditching theirs?I’ll hang up and listen for my answer.After years of debating whether the NFL Washington team should change its nickname, the NFL team’s decision to hold a “thorough review” has spurred other sports organizations with questionable nicknames to contemplate doing likewise.The Cleveland baseball team has started discussions as well, with manager Terry Francona supporting a change.“In the past, when I’ve been asked about it, whether ...
Lee Schafer: How major league teams can still make money in front of empty stands
MINNEAPOLIS — By the end of the month, Major League Baseball plans to be one of those American professional sports that will open up for business without any paying customers.It’s such an odd situation that it deserves to be unpacked a little. That includes wondering out loud if this is the year, with a global infectious disease pandemic, that sports moves closer to completing its transition from an in-person experience to a reality TV show.And is sports played for TV still live? Of course, even “live” needs some explanation, what with the average length of ninth-inning games in Major League B...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
NASCAR releases remaining 2020 schedule
NASCAR announced Wednesday the final slate of regular-season races in its 2020 schedule, which was upended earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The updated schedule carries the sport through August and its remaining 10 points races before the playoffs in September.The latest schedule includes doubleheader race weekends for the Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway and Dover International Speedway, as well as two races at Daytona International Speedway — one on the oval and one on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course for the first time.“The sport of NASCAR gets to add a surpr...
The Charlotte Observer
Sam Mellinger: Mahomes needed more than historic leverage to earn mega-contract. He also needed trust.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes’ contract is without precedent because he is without precedent. We know this to be true. That’s the primary reason he now owns the first half-billion-dollar contract in global professional sports history — bigger than contracts commanded by Mike Trout, Canelo Alvarez or LeBron James.But being 24 years old, a league and Super Bowl MVP and the best at sports’ most important position was not enough to earn him a 10-year extension worth $503 million.This historic deal — until now the world’s richest athlete has never played football, and never lived in Kansas Cit...
The Kansas City Star
Ivy League cancels all sports until at least January
The first few dominoes of college sports have fallen as two conferences of private schools cancelled all fall sports this week.The Ivy League decided that it wouldn’t play any sports until at least Jan. 1, according to several reports on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Division III Centennial Conference said that it was cancelling the fall football season, and suspending all fall sports until at least October.This is basically what happened at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, when the Ivy League canceled its basketball tournament and the NESCAC canceled all spring sports. At the tim...
New York Daily News
Pat Riley, two players stay back as Heat head to NBA Disney 'bubble'
The Miami Heat will maintain a fully operational executive suite at AmericanAirlines Arena while the team competes in the “bubble” type setting in Disney World during the NBA’s planned resumption.Heat President Pat Riley and general manager Andy Elisburg will remain in South Florida, with the NBA draft and free agency following almost immediately after the conclusion of the pandemic-delayed season.That has Vice President of Basketball Operations Adam Simon with the team at Disney, with each team required to have at least one “senior basketball executive” on site.The Heat plan to eventually hav...
Why NFL players' union appears to have major leverage in negotiations ahead of 2020 season
The NFL’s owners may be required to pay players their 2020 salaries whether they play games this season or not.That could provide extra incentive for owners to want football this fall, but it also may give the NFL Players’ Association major leverage in negotiations on what football during the coronavirus pandemic would look like — if they are able to play the games at all.The league and union are both working hard to find a safe solution to complete the 2020 season. One of the obvious questions for some players is what will happen to their money if games are cancelled or if they opt against pl...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Redskins, Indians considering new names. Is it time for other teams to make a change?
American sports are changing, and the Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock.Last week, the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced plans to reconsider the team’s name, a decision that will almost certainly lead to a new name by the start of the football season. A few days later, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball said they would think about a new name too.“We recognize our unique place in the community,” the baseball team said in a statement, “and are committed to listening, learning, and acting in the manner that can best unite and inspire our city.”If both franchises pick new names, th...
The Kansas City Star