Royals won't lay off or furlough baseball operations employees despite MLB uncertainty
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With unemployment nationwide reaching historic levels and the professional sports landscape at a relative standstill, Kansas City Royals ownership and management have taken steps to avoid layoffs and furloughs amid Major League Baseball’s uncertain future.Royals general manager Dayton Moore confirmed an ESPN report Friday afternoon that the club has opted to institute tiered pay cuts at the upper levels of executive pay, including Moore’s salary, to avoid cutting employees.All 30 MLB franchises have taken steps to address revenue losses due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronaviru...
The Kansas City Star
Twins won't cut minor league players, will pay them through August
MINNEAPOLIS — As several teams across Major League Baseball are deciding to stop paying their minor leaguers — and in many cases releasing them — the Twins have made a commitment to theirs.A team source confirmed Friday that the Twins have pledged to continue $400 weekly stipends and to provide full benefits to all of their minor leaguers through Aug.?31 — which nearly covers the entire originally scheduled minor league regular season. This comes amid uncertainty about the 2020 major or minor league seasons even being played.Players and owners currently are negotiating a compensation agreement...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Some Universal Orlando hotels will reopen Tuesday, giving early access to theme parks
ORLANDO, Fla. — Several Universal Orlando hotels are reopening Tuesday, and they will give guests first dibs on visiting theme parks before the attractions officially open to the general public.Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, as well as the Volcano Bay water park, reopen June 5 from the coronavirus pandemic. The first hotel guests will get admission into the parks two days earlier, on Wednesday or Thursday, Universal said in a new update.The Universal hotels opening back up Tuesday are: Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapp...
Sam Mellinger: How Mahomes can do more than become the NFL's richest man, with many rooting for him
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The most anticipated contract negotiation in NFL history is underway, in some form. Hard to know exactly where things stand. Parties on either side aren’t talking about it, not even privately.There is too much at stake. We are left with only a few certainties.First, Patrick Mahomes will be the highest-paid player in NFL history.Second, his next contract has the power to change such negotiations in the league forever.“We’re all watching,” said one NFL agent.“If anybody ever had leverage in the history of the world, it’s your quarterback,” said another.“He can do whatever he w...
The Kansas City Star
Tens of billions of dollars on line as sports look to return
PHILADELPHIA — At some point, the conversations turn to money. Talks about restarting sports may start with public health, and maybe finish there. In the middle, somewhere in all these conversations, somebody is in charge of talking about the economics of the coronavirus crisis.These are not short conversations.All over the landscape, the professional sports and big-time college sports, the dollar figures on the line are into the billions. Not just overall, most separate sectors. The NFL has billions of dollars on the line. So does Major League Baseball. Even the Power 5 college leagues — bill...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Paul Sullivan: Agent Scott Boras takes on Cubs owners in the battle over MLB's proposed restart
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs were dragged into the middle of Major League Baseball’s fight over the proposed restart Thursday after a leaked memo from agent Scott Boras cited them as an example of why players should hold their ground on salaries.Boras, who as of August represented 71 players on active rosters — including Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, the team’s players union representative — told his clients in the memo not to agree to further pay cuts he claimed would “bail out the owners.” The Associated Press obtained Boras’ memo.A proposal from MLB owners to restart the season is centered ...
Bradford William Davis: There's an essential difference between 'essential workers' and athletes
NEW YORK — The concept of an essential worker is simple enough for an average Joe to comprehend. They are laborers who provide services so critical to society’s most basic needs, their absence would immediately compromise our ability to live.Grocery baggers and stockers continue to work so you can get food when you’re hungry. Doctors, nurses and cleaning crews show up every day in case you get sick, especially when everyone is getting sick. The police patrol the streets so the wrong kinds of people stay away from the Central Park Bramble.But if a beloved major sport came back tomorrow, few wou...
New York Daily News
Michael Cunningham: MLB's labor offer threatens damage to its best product: star players
The latest proposal by baseball owners for a 2020 season is so transparent in its attempt to divide the players’ union that it must be a gambit. Surely, they offered a deal they knew would quickly be rejected and rankle star players only because their next proposal will look good by comparison. I hope that turns out to be the case.But then I consider baseball’s poor track record marketing its product, the players. I think of MLB’s even longer track record of disparaging players during labor negotiations. And I must conclude that it’s possible that franchise owners are so intent on squeezing as...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Patrick Reusse: They're boxing brothers, but pain over George Floyd's death can't fully be shared
MINNEAPOLIS — Phil Williams and Ryan Burnet met at the Uppercut Boxing Gym in northeast Minneapolis a decade ago. Williams was a heavyweight carrying the nickname “Phil the Drill” and Burnet was there as a boxing aficionado.Later, Burnet was in a group of instructors with a summertime program on the North Side.“I saw what boxing did for the small group we worked with — that moment when a young man realizes you get out of something what you put into it — and knew I had a passion for this particular work,” Burnet said.Burnet and partners were able to purchase an abandoned firehouse on 17th Stree...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bryce Miller: Del Mar racetrack moves opener to July 10, adjusts racing and safety protocols
SAN DIEGO — You think the logistics of a normal opening day at Del Mar racetrack are tricky? Try putting it on … without fans … during a chilling, unprecedented health crisis … in an industry still squirming in the public-relations spotlight.Judging hats the size of apartment buildings and pouring an ocean’s worth of Del Margaritas hardly matter when you’re simply trying to open the gates.The track will open its iconic summer meet July 10, eight days earlier than planned. Horses will race three days each week, instead of five. Only essential workers will be allowed, which — coupled with no fan...
The San Diego Union-Tribune