Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Monday

Posted by on March 16th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

………..(Football)……….

NFL-Union….Met thruout Sunday to determine whether to delay opening of NFL free agency…and to discuss status of April 23rd-NFL Draft and potential delay of opening of OTA-workouts right after the draft….Teams were scheduled to start negotiations with agents (12-noon) Monday….Players can sign with teams (1pm) Wednesday.  Union rejected proposal to delay the start of the off season…”Business as Usual” effective on Monday

NFL..Imposed ban on College Draft Pick visits-took effect Friday night
NFL..Imposed ban on any free agent visits with Players-Agents
NFL..Mandated any negotiations or players interviews to be done by ‘skype’.

Union…Approves the controversial Collective Bargaining Agreement by slimmest of margins….Yes (1,019)..No (959)….approved by only 60-votes…Nearly 91% of players voted….Needed 50% plus 1-vote to approve…Got (51.5%) Yes vote…(48.5%) No vote.

CBA…Highlights of approved agreement
..17-game schedule in 2020
..3-preseason games
..2-wildcard teams added to playoffs
..Rosters increase to 55-players…48-active gameday
..Developmental squads increase to 12-players
..Players get 48.5% of revenue pie-up from 47%
..Minimum salaries (1,100) players go up 20%
..Pension benefits increase 10% active players
..Pension benefits for players in 3rd and 4th year activated
..Retired players pension benefits go up 60%
..Players get share of all in stadium gambling revenues
..New eye care program for all players
..Retiring players get 5Y-medical coverage
..Adapt (50,000) health care accounts for young players
..Salary Cap goes from 188M to 198.2M in first year
..Limit 10-international games a year
..Players get (5,000) stipend for international game
..Playoff bonus (37,000) wildcard team..(42,500) division winners..(65,000) for championship games..(150,000) Super Bowl winner..(75,000) Super Bowl loser.
..Reduction in hours in team facility
..Reduction Padded practices in training camp
..Guaranteed days off in training camp
..Reduction Padded practices in season
..No discipline for positive Marijuana test..but counseling
..Increase discipline..2G-suspension use of diuretics..6G-suspension use of steroids or PED…8G-suspension tampering with test…17G-suspension for 2nd time offense.
..Fines (50,000) per day for any training camp holdout by player under contract.

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(Roster Moves)

Chargers..Franchise Tag TE-Hunter Henry (11M) this year
Chargers..Release LB-Thomas Davis..DT-Brandon Mebane-(9.5M) cap savings
Chargers..LB-Denzel Perryman takes payout from (6.5M) to 3M.

Rams..Facing salary cap crisis…Have only 15M-cap space..have to deal with FAs-Dexter Fowler-Corey Littleton-Andrew Whitworth-Austin Blythe-Greg Zeurlein….May ask Aaron Donald-Jared Goff-Todd Gurley to restructure ‘down’ contracts to create cap space.

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(Teams)

Titans..Release K-Ryan Succop..TE-Delanie Walker..(8.4M-savings)
Titans…Will not bid on FA-QB-Tom Brady
Titans…Sign contract extension QB-Ryan Tannehill (4Y-118M)-62M-guaraneed.

Ravens..Franchise Tag..DE-Matthew Judon (16.3M)
Ravens-Jaguars..Trade-Baltimore acquires DE-Calais Campbell for #5 pick..Sign Campbell to (2Y-27M) extension

Bengals..Release OT-Cordy Glenn..(9.5M) cap savings
Lions..Release OT-Rick Wagner..(6.1M) savings
Vikings..Release CB-Xavier Rhodes..DT-Linval Joseph..(18.5) savings

Broncos..Franchise Tag S-Justin Simmons (14.5M)
Broncos..Pick up 6M-bonus option LB-Von Miller contract.

Washington..Franchise Tag OG-Brandon Scherff
Washington..Asks for #2-pick for OT-Trent Williams

Bills..workout FA-LB-Christian Kirksey-ex Browns

Patriots…Met with Utah State QB-Jordan Love..Ohio State RB-JK Dobbins before NFL imposed deadlines on Friday night.

XFL…Cancelled final 5-weeks of spring season…Release all players to sign with NFL teams
XFL…Seattle Dragons player tests positive for Virus.

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(College Football)

LSU…Wanted to open spring football workouts on Monday-Wednesday-Friday

Alabama-Auburn…Cancel all spring workouts
Alabama…Cancelled spring workouts 1-hour before players on field
SEC-Suspend all sports thru April 15th
Georgia..Quarantined Coach Kirby Smart for 14-days-travelled to Costa Rica.
New Mexico-San Jose State…Were planning to continue spring football workouts on Monday.

Oklahoma..RB-Trey Sermon enters NCAA transfer portal.

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……………(Baseball)……………..

MLB…Memo to all teams to close spring training camps…Advise players not to hold large group workouts…Order all minor league camps closed-players sent home…Order non-roster players to leave camps

MLB…Major league teams to give minor league players ‘cost of living stipends’ during baseball shutdown.

MLB-Union…Discussing on Sunday whether major league players pay will start in April or be delayed till games actually played.

Union..discussing truncated season to start May 1st…still to be determined how players ‘service time’ towards free agency will be affected.

MLB..Discussing 154-game season with doubleheaders…moving AL-NLCS and World Series to warm weather neutral sights or domed stadium if postseason is pushed back into November.

Scott Boras..Agent urges MLB to keep camps open…keep players together under best access to facilities and medial tretment.

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(Teams)

Padres..Veteran players (40-man roster) voted to stay in camp and hold small group workouts….Minor League players sent home en-masse on Friday.

Yankees-Cardinals-Houston…Players voted to stay in camp.
Yankees..Unnamed minor league player tested positive for virus
Cincinnati-Texas players broke camp to return home

Houston…Rookie P-Rogelio Armenteros-bone spur elbow surgery

Toronto..Workout FA-P-Matt Harvey-ex Mets-Angels-Reds
Washington..Release P-Hunter Strickland..P-David Hernandez
Giants..Open talks with unsigned FA-OF-Yasiel Puig-ex Dodgers-Reds-Indians

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………………(Basketball)…………….

NBA…Teams facing 500M-loss in ticket revenue if rest of season is cancelled…Already lost 450M in sponsorship deals with feud in China.

Utah..C-Rudy Gobert donates (500,000) to aid hourly workers in Salt Lake City Arenas.

Giannas Antetokounmpo-Milwaukee..Blake Griffin-Detroit..Zion Williamson-New Orleans…Lakers-Clippers-Kings all agree to help pay salaries of Arena Workers because of cancelled games.

Detroit…C-Christian Wood-tests positive Virus-played against Utah-Rudy Robert night before season cancelled.

NBA..Meets with union to discuss playing shortened season..Restart May 1st..play into July.

Chinese Basketball Association…Asks 40-USA players to report back to teams this week to have physicals-prepare for startup of suspended season.

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(College Basketball)

NCAA…Confirmed did discuss holding a 16-team tourney in Atlanta…Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Monday of next week-but then dropped plans as Virus issues spread.

Iona College…Hires Rick Pitino as head coach…had been coaching in Greece…went (720-271) at Providence-Louisville-Kentucky…also coached in Boston-NY Knicks…Fired at Louisville in NCAA probe.

Grand Canyon…Fires coach Dan Marjele after (13-17) season…was (136-89) as head coach….Assistant Marvin Menzes will serve as interim coach.

Minnesota..Contract extension to coach Richard Pitino.

Portsmouth Invitational All Star Game…NBA cancels it..been held since 1938.

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……………..(Hockey)………………

NHL-AHL…Bans all players from practice facilities….Asks all players to return home during the suspension of schedule

ECHL..Suspends rest of season and playoffs
Swedish Hockey League..Cancels all playoffs
KHL-Russia…going ahead with playoff games without fans
Jockreit..Top team in Finland will not play in KHL-playoffs-Russia

NHL…Discussing plans to cancel rest of regular season..go directly to playoffs in May into June…Would base playoff teams on “Percentage of Points” not Total points because not all teams played same number of games.

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………………..(General)……………….

English Premier League…Suspends rest of regular season
English Premier League..Owners meeting Thursday discuss future
FIFA..Proposing Europa-Champions League playoffs be 1-game in empty stadiums rather than two game series.

US SOCCER..President Carlos Cordero resigns after deposition surfaces in which he defames Women’s Soccer talent level in 66M-lawsuit filed by women for equal pay.

Cardiff City…Invesitgation into plane crash that killed French player Emiliano Sala last summer….Player-Pilot died of carbon monoxide poisoning in crash into English Channel…Pilot not certified to fly plane he piloted nor fly at night…said player died of seizure-heart attack before plane crashed.

Liga Mexico..suspends soccer schedule

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NASCAR…Cancels Atlanta 500 and Miami 400.

Indy Car…Cancel 4-races..Grand Prix St. Petersburg..Grand Prix Alabama..Long Beach Grand Prix…Indy Car Road Challenge….No decision on Indy 500 yet.

Formula 1..Cancels Australian Grand Prix..Baharain Grand Prix…Chinest Grand Prix…Vietnam Grand Prix..

PGA..Cancels Masters Tourney…may reschedule it in Fall…Cancels Valspar..Verlero Open…Dell Match Play.

Boston Marathon..cancelled in April…may be moved to September 14th.

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