Michael Cunningham: NBA's restart plan will create great finish for strange season
Utah center Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19 was the first signal that sports would have to shut down. That was less than three months ago, believe it or not. Now the NBA has approved a definitive plan to resume play. That feels like a victory, even if the Hawks won’t be part of it.Only 22 of the league’s 30 teams will be in a “bubble” at Orlando’s Walt Disney World for the resumption of the season. The tentative start date is July 31. There will be no spectators, and players will be confined to Disney (though “confined” may not be quite the right word for that sprawling campus).The N...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
How the Chicago Bears used an emotional team meeting to start a discussion — and hopefully, real change: 'We can't keep ignoring stuff and pushing it under the table'
As a kid growing up in Ohio and later Florida, Danny Trevathan never thought a lot about the ritual. His mother, Michelle Hicks, would send him off for the day — to school, to practice, wherever. But she rarely let him leave without a kiss on the forehead.Like any young boy, Trevathan would quickly wipe it away. “Ma! Get out of here!” he would think to himself, fearing embarrassment in front of friends and peers.But now Trevathan realizes that daily kiss was more than just a routine. His mom had her own worries.“Now,” Trevathan said, “I see the reason behind it. She feared I would never come b...
Paul Sullivan: Let's just fast forward through the tedious MLB negotiations to the end for the eventual — and obvious — solution
Baseball took its first step to a restart on May 11 when owners gave the go-ahead to begin negotiating with the players’ union on a potential return around the Fourth of July.But a 50-50 revenue sharing split was shot down by players before it was even proposed, and a tiered salary structure taking more money out of the higher-paid players’ pockets also was a non-starter.So here we are in early June, with the NHL and NBA much closer to their restart agreements than MLB, making the fight between baseball owners and the union even more aggravating to shell-shocked fans who just want to sit back ...
Bob Brookover: Twenty-eight years after Rodney King case, there's still no justice or peace
I’m supposed to be writing something about baseball right now, but I am unable to do so.Sure, I’d love to see the owners and players come to a financial agreement that would allow them to report to a second “spring training” this month and start the season early next month.Yes, I feel awful that a lot of people I know who work for the Phillies have been required to take pay cuts because of the pandemic-forced work stoppage and the anticipated loss of revenue from having a shortened season without fans.But my thoughts are stuck elsewhere. They keep me up at night and take me back to a time in m...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
MLB broadcasters expected to call 2020 road games from off-site location, source says
Imagine if Roy Halladay’s perfect game in 2010, Cole Hamels’ no-hitter in 2015, or any other road game in modern Phillies history was called by broadcasters who weren’t actually in the ballpark where it happened.Welcome to baseball in the coronavirus age.If there’s a Major League Baseball season in 2020 — the league and Players Association have not yet agreed on compensation for players or finalized health and safety protocols — radio and television announcers have been told to prepare to call road games remotely, using monitors either in a studio or at their team’s home ballpark, a source fam...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
If Michigan State football player tests positive for COVID-19, what happens next?
Michigan State football expects to play its season as scheduled and even host a limited number of fans at Spartan Stadium.And while the program wants to operate as normally as possible, it all will depend on the ability to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus among its players and coaches this fall.“Is there a magic number that’s going to say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to reevaluate this?’ The answer to that is yes,” Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, MSU director of sports medicine and performance, said in a video conference Thursday, “but I don’t know what the number is yet. That’s a decision that’s probably g...
Detroit Free Press
Seahawks expected to be among NFL teams to have coaches returning to facilities soon
The NFL on Thursday informed the league’s 32 teams that coaches will be allowed back at team facilities on Friday, with the expectation that the Seahawks will be among the teams whose coaches will soon be back at their workplaces.Coaches had been kept out for now as part of the league’s policy regarding the COVID-19 pandemic but will now be allowed back if teams have received necessary state and local permission.According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the league anticipates that only the 49ers will not be able to get into their facility tomorrow.As of Thursday morning, however, the Seaha...
The Seattle Times
NHL finalizes more details in its return to play plan
The NHL has finalized more details of its return to play plan, further clarifying a 24-team format the league will use if it gets the green light to finish the 2019-20 season later this summer.All four rounds of the playoffs will be a best-of-seven series; only the qualifying round will be a best-of-five.Matchups for each round of the playoffs will be based on seeding, with the highest remaining seed in each conference facing off against the lowest remaining seed and so on.Last week, the NHL officially ended the regular season that was paused March 12 by the coronavirus pandemic and introduced...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Hornets not part of NBA season's restart. Here's what's next for Charlotte's rebuild.
The Charlotte Hornets’ season is over, and they will go nearly nine months between regular-season games.The NBA’s plan to restart its season, approved by owners Thursday, did not include eight of 30 teams, the Hornets among them. Those teams were all more than six games out of eighth place in either conference, the cutoff the league set for the restart, beginning July 31 in suburban Orlando, Fla.The Hornets will go from March 11 until early December without playing a regular-season game. The NBA plans to begin the 2020-21 season Dec. 1, about six weeks later than typical for the NBA schedule.T...
The Charlotte Observer
Akiem Hicks says NFL players were afraid to kneel with Colin Kaepernick in 2016. How will they use their voices now?
Well before he became an NFL player, Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks understood there was a certain set of rules for how he needed to act as a black man in America.“I feel like I’ve been censored my whole life,” Hicks said Wednesday on a call discussing the country’s unrest following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.“So for me to feel like I have to keep people at ease to make sure there’s a calm while I’m in the room, those are natural things to me. And these things were taught to me in a way, right? Because at an early age, not just being a larger kid, but a larg...