Vahe Gregorian: We'll see if baseball's restart can last. There's no doubt athletes' empowerment will.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fraught as it is while we remain engulfed in a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 people and is surging locally, another adventure in reopening began Wednesday, the official reporting date for Major League Baseball’s “summer camps.”At least for the moment, it’s a milestone in a bizarre time marked both by the great pause from the COVID-19 coronavirus and the great cause of the widespread pursuit of social justice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.The lasting ripples of each of those things in the world of sports remains to be seen. But here’s a hunch about b...
The Kansas City Star
Protests don't appear to be driving coronavirus surge, researchers say
SEATTLE — Spring brought a wave of cancellations that shut down professional baseball, basketball, concerts, movie theaters, youth sports, school plays, camping in state parks and all sorts of other events to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.Then, on May 25, came the brutal death of George Floyd as a Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck, an act of violence that set off large protests in a powerful grassroots justice movement that also unfolded as a kind of mass experiment about the risks of such outdoor gatherings amid a global pandemic.More than one month after Floyd’s d...
The Seattle Times
The new challenges facing college athletes on campus — including legal and ethical questions about COVID-19 guidelines
CHICAGO — When Illinois athletes prepared to return to campus for voluntary workouts earlier this month, they were asked to sign a form if they wanted to rejoin teammates.The document asked athletes to responsibly follow guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus — such as completing a virtual screening, reporting to sports medicine staff any known exposure to COVID-19 or any symptoms, wearing a mask in public places and sanitizing hands frequently — and to agree to testing.Several other Big Ten schools — but not all — asked their athletes to sign similar documents, as have many progra...
Clarence E. Hill Jr.: Fall football amid COVID seems foolish for Dallas Cowboys, NCAA and Texas high schools
What are we doing, people?From the NFL to the NCAA to Texas high schools to the pee wee level, everybody is gearing up for the return of football in the fall.And it simply makes no sense with the coronavirus pandemic still bulldozing the country, the world and, most pointedly, the state of Texas, like Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell in his prime.And if you are too young know him, think Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch wrapped into one.That idea has been on my spirit and on my heart for a while now.There is no cure. There is no vaccine. There are plans and protocols to detect its pres...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A postcoronavirus future in Florida is uncertain. Be flexible, futurist Amy Webb says
MIAMI — With Florida schools reopening in the fall, youth sports and summer camps getting the OK to resume activity and local governments tip-toeing toward a sense of renewed normalcy, many Floridians ask: What should we expect as we look toward a postpandemic world?According to noted futurist Amy Webb, we should not only expect more uncertainty, but lean into it.“We expect today will be similar to tomorrow but amplified,” she said during a Miami Herald subscriber-only discussion about the future of Florida after COVID-19. “There’s a reluctance to see a world in which all decisions are certain...
Jane McManus: Many sports leagues — from rec leagues to the youth game — have to figure out how to return after the coronavirus pause
NEW YORK — Erica Vanstone and her league, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, want to play roller derby, but the safety of the players is the priority for the WFTDA executive director. It’s a complicated task. Unlike the pro leagues that are planning their returns, she doesn’t have the CDC or White House on speed dial. But that doesn’t mean Vanstone and her league take this any less seriously. WFTDA has 40,000 players, coaches and officials in 450 leagues and 23 countries. The coronavirus has ravaged some, while others have been largely unaffected.How do you formulate a plan from scratch...
New York Daily News
Dave Hyde: The story of Dolphins rookie Noah Igbinoghene starts with Olympic genes and harder work
His dad did 2,000 sit-ups and trained three times a day chasing his track dream around the world. His mom ran her lungs out chasing hers and made national history.So when their oldest son was 10, his parents delivered a message.“We’re not paying for college for you,” they told Noah Igbinoghene, the Miami Dolphins’ first-round draft pick.They gave something more valuable, if used properly.“He got our genes,” his father, Festus, said. “And he got our work ethic.”Just for the moment, let’s not talk about who a rookie can be or how he fits this franchise’s future. Let’s talk about how he got here....
Gov. Ron DeSantis urges pro sports teams to train, play in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis wants all professional sports teams to come to Florida during the coronavirus pandemic, offering a haven for those in other parts of the country under stay-at-home orders.“All professional sports are welcome here for practicing and for playing,” DeSantis said during a news conference Wednesday. “Now, we’re not going to necessarily have fans, but there’s been reports that Major League Soccer may want to have their season in Orlando. Do it. We want to have you here.“We want to have the basketball practicing again. We would love to have Major League Baseball. And...