Atlanta Motor Speedway looks to get back to racing this weekend
In weird times Atlanta Motor Speedway has had to go to weird extremes to keep a little cash flowing. If that means running a bizzaro world speedway, where cars are parked by the hundreds rather than turning laps at 170 mph, then so be it.“We have all had to think of non-traditional ways to come up with revenue,” said Brandon Hutchison, the track’s executive vice-president and general manager.Everything has been at a standstill since NASCAR postponed the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at AMS on March 13 because of the coronavirus outbreak. So, what to do? You recoup a little money by standing stil...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mark Bradley: In sports, might we see a September to remember?
For three months, our sports dialogue has — apart from the occasional discussion of Michael Jordan’s cigars and Tom Brady’s pants — centered on the resumption of games. When? Where? How? (Even a bit of “why?”) We’ve crept closer to some answers, but no plan has yet been finalized. MLB once considered staging its 2020 season in Arizona; that proposal was wadded up and tossed in yonder trash can. The NBA and MLS still have plans to play in Disney World. The NHL is said to be eyeing hub cities — one in the East, one in the West — for its restart.The NHL plan is to move straight to its Stanley Cup...
Sam Mellinger: The adults in charge of professional baseball are screwing this up for all of us
The full list of baseball’s mistakes and transgressions is too long to list here, even for a sportswriter who often traffics in long lists.The health and financial consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have touched all aspects of American life. Baseball isn’t the only business navigating unprecedented challenges, and ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality have put sports in their proper place.But within baseball there’s a growing frustration in the pace and style with which the sport is navigating a possible return in 2020.Some remain optimistic — “I’ll see you at a g...
The Kansas City Star
Kevin Acee: Would super-shortened MLB season lead to legitimate champion?
The Padres were to have played their 50th game on May 21.The postseason would be almost two weeks old by now. The World Series would be wrapped up by the Fourth of July.That’s how short a 50-game season would be. Practically un-American, it might seem.Major League Baseball contends that, under terms of an agreement between the league and the MLB Players Association in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic postponing the start of the season, Commissioner Rob Manfred has the right to set the length of the season. And MLB floated this week that might mean as few as 50 games in 2020 if the sides can’t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bryce Miller: Bill Walton challenges 'executive branch,' others to step up amid unrest in La Mesa, elsewhere
When thoughts crisscross and collide in Bill Walton’s mind like a pre-pandemic morning commute on Interstate 8, books and music routinely become the traffic cops between his ears.Disrupt even more by throwing in a global health crisis, economic calamity and nationwide racial unrest and it’s as if Walton is trying to land a monster truck in a clogged passing lane.Asked to frame what he felt and where his thoughts wandered when his native La Mesa was engulfed by looting, rioting and flames Saturday, the 67-year-old basketball Hall of Famer leaned on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to untangle ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jeff Gordon: Negotiating labor peace in star-driven sports is difficult
Agent Scott Boras is having an outsized impact on the contentious return-to-play bargaining between the players and owners.His role is reminiscent of agent David Falk’s involvement in the NBA’s ugly 1990s labor battles. His strong influence illustrates the challenges facing player associations while trying to strike a deal with owners.On one hand, these associations parlay worker solidarity and joint action into gains for all of their members, as any labor union would.On the other hand, they want superstars to earn their full reward for selling tickets, moving merchandise and driving televisio...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Luke Kuechly is considering joining the Panthers front office as a pro scout
Luke Kuechly’s time with the Carolina Panthers may not be over.The team announced that the formerlinebacker is “considering” a role in the team’s front office as a pro scout.Kuechly, who announced his retirement in January, officially went on the league’s reserved/retired list Tuesday, which allows the team to spread out his cap hit over the next two years.Known for his dedication to film study, joining the team as a pro scout would make sense for Kuechly. Since announcing his retirement, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said previously that he hoped Kuechly would join the team as a coach or sco...
The Charlotte Observer
He's running his 'Last Lap.' But you can never count out veteran Tony Kanaan at Texas.
Tony Kanaan is ready to take his last laps as a primary driver in IndyCar. He’s announced his retirement following the 2020 season, which is being dubbed “TK Last Lap.”But don’t expect Kanaan to simply soak in his final races. He fully expects to contend and win races this season, starting with the Genesys 300 on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.“I wouldn’t announce my retirement season if I couldn’t win,” said Kanaan, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for A.J. Foyt Racing. “I’m not there just to participate. I’ve never been in that place — no matter what car, no matter what team, no matter...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dave Hyde: How will you react now when athletes kneel during the national anthem?
We’ve not yet come to the hard question. We’re still in the moment at this painful intersection of injustice, double standards and righteous anger.So University of Miami coaches, players and administrators, including school president Julio Frenk, knelt in silence Tuesday on the practice football field for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the time it took for George Floyd to die under a Minneapolis policeman’s knee.So corporate CEOs from Apple to Johnson & Johnson have been at the front of the line condemning the recent murders of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and pledging to help social...
Kevin Williams: America wouldn't listen when Colin Kaepernick and other famous black athletes spoke out. So what chance do the rest of us have to be heard?
On Sunday in Germany, during a match in the top flight of that nation’s pro soccer league, Marcus Thuram scored a goal. Before joining in the celebration with teammates, he strode to a spot and took a knee.In Dortmund, at another Bundesliga match, winger Jadon Sancho scored a goal, then lifted his shirt to reveal a written message: “Justice for George Floyd.”In England, at a training session, the entire Liverpool team took a knee for Floyd.Meanwhile, in America, buildings and automobiles burned and the crunch of broken glass and screams sundered the night.In Europe, few told those players to “...