Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Monday

Posted by on May 17th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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Padres….Baseball Documents forwarded to Players Union show Padres would lose (172M) in local revenues if games were played without fans at Petco Park.  Documents show Dodgers would lose (232M) in local revenue.  Angels losses would be (110M)….Document does not show money teams would have to give back because of reduced number of games for regional sports networks

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(MLB)

MLB..Forwards 12-page document to Union revealing financial losses incurred if season played without fans-to support their request players need to take pay-cut when the season starts in July….MLB teams would lose on average (640,000) per game with no fans ….Teams would lose on average (84M) per season in local revenue…..Yankees would lose (312M) for year..Dodgers (232M)…Mets (214M) for most losses per team.

MLB…Presents 67-page Medical booklet to Union…Protocols for testing players once baseball returns…Temperature screenings twice a day….10,000 Saliva tests weekly instead of Swab tests-with 24-hour results…Safe protocols for clubhouses-dugouts-workouts-In game procedures-Shower rooms…Ask teams Health Officers to reply by this Friday with additions-deletions-concerns…Taxi squad players would sit in stands not dugout…dress in different clubhouse….No spitting tobacco-sunflower seeds…Seperate ball bags for bullpen pitchers…Baseball would test 100-to-125 people a day including stadium staffs.

MLB..Informs teams there will be no ‘Revenue Share’ checks for small market clubs this year…Could cost Padres 20M in small market revenue.

MLB…Releases plans for Draft…5-Round Draft June 10-11…Using last years slot system…Each draft pick would get 100,000 paid upfront on signing…Deferred payments in 2021-2022….Baseball imposes 3-day Dark Period June 12-13-14 undrafted players cannot sign contracts…then can sign for only 20,000 max bonus.

New York…Governor Mario Cuomo extends stay at home order thru June 13th…could impact Yankees-Mets open spring training.

Boston..Mayor says Red Sox can open Fenway Park for spring training with safe health standards.

Alex Rodriguez…says Players should accept pay cuts from owners for 3-month period only.

Nolan Arenado..Rockies star calls this extraordinary times…’Players need to realize not going to get full pay this year…Go play-help bring country back.

Bryce Harper…Phillies slugger sides with Tampa Bay P-Blake Snell-players deserve full pay for 82-game schedule.

Cincinnati….Laid off 25% working staff this past weekend…Other 75% employees all took pay cuts.

Bob Watson…Legendary Astros slugger…former GM-Houston-Yankees..passes away (74Y)…served as Assistant to Baseball Commissioner….hit (.295) in 14Y-career with Astros-Red Sox…hit (.371) in postseason in career.

Art Howe…remains in ICU in Houston hospital with Covid 19-issues…was not released to home this weekend.

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………………(Football)………………

NFL-Rooney Rule…..NFL proposes radical changes to minority hiring rules…Owners will be asked to vote on proposals on Tuesday:
..NFL teams must allow any coach to interview for Coordinators jobs
..NFL teams must interview 2-minority candidates for head jobs
..NFL teams must interview 1-minority for any coordinators job

..NFL team hires minority head coach-will move up 6-slots in 3rd round of draft.
..NFL team hires minority GM-will move up 10-slots in 3rd round

..NFL team loses black assistant to Coord job will get 5th round pick
..NFL team loses Exec to GM job will get 3rd round pick bonus
..NFL team hires minority as QB coach will get 4th round pick bonus

NFL….Makes controversial proposal after no minorities hired for 7-coaching openings this past offseason….There are just 3-black head coaches and just 2-black GMs in NFL currently….just 2-black coordinators…2-black QB coaches on 32-NFL teams… 8-former minority head coaches have been fired in last four years because of losing records.

NFL….Allow teams to open business facilities…up to 50-employees allowed access to buildings starting Tuesday…..Football player personnel executives will also be allowed in…but no coaches, nor players.

Chargers…Coach Anthony Lynn response to proposed Rooney Rule changes….”Sometimes you can do the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing….There are brilliant people who can call plays-but cannot be a head coach…..Should expand interview process for candidates”

Browns..Hire Kwessi Mensah-ex 49ers…Ryan Grigson-ex Colts for front office jobs…Mensah to be VP-Football Ops….Grigson to be Asst GM.

Baltimore Ravens..Donate 1M to Maryland Food Bank

Steelers…Coach Mike Tomlin says ‘I am a win at all costs guy-I am not a bounty guy’…responding to James Harrison insinuation he gave a financial reward for Harrison hit on Browns player that led to 75,000-fine….Owner Art Rooney-it never happened.

NFL…Police in Miramar, Florida set bond for NY Giants-CB-Deandre Baker (200,000) and Seattle CB-Quinton Dubar (100,000) for 12-felony counts of armed robbery and assault with firearms after robbery at party last week….TMZ reporting Baker-Dunbar raided private party in continuing dispute over financial losses in cards-dice games….Lawyers for both players say they are innocent of robbery charges…and were defending themselves when fight broke out…Both posted Bonds on Sunday….Giants have banned Baker from virtual-classroom work.

Buffalo..DT-Ed Oliver arrested Sunday morning…DUI with loaded gun on front seat of car.

Washington…WR-Cody Latimer arrested Colorado Springs…firing shot in condo during domestic argument…facing assault-menacing charge.

NFL…Teams looking at sights like Greenbrier, West Virginia and Vero Beach, Florida if they cannot open training camps in Northeast….California teams looking at Flagstaff, Arizona, Greeley, Colorado if they cannot open camps in state.

Green Bay…QB-Aaron Rodgers says ‘may not finish career with Packers…not thrilled team spent first round pick on QB-Jordan Love-Utah State’.

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(College Football)

San Diego State…AD-JD Wicker says he is looking for alternative stadium sights to play Aztecs home games as early as 2021 in negotiations with City-University breakdown on new stadium….Source says SDSU would approach Padres about playing in Petco Park…Wicker says if deal to buy stadium is done in July…ground breaking could begin in August and keep opening goal of 2022 in place.

PAC 12..Commissioner Larry Scott says there is still great uncertainty if schools can open campuses to students in September…would impact whether students athletes can be on campus…

ACC..Commissioner John Swafford says believes athletes will be allowed on campus even if campuses are closed to students…says college football would be treated as if if is a lab course.

SEC…Tennessee Athletic Director Phil Fulmer says he is against SEC opening campuses for football players to return on June 15th for conditioning drills.

Big 12…Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says it would be ‘irresponsible’ for any school to bring college players back onto campus in June.

Mid American Conference…slashes budgets…Teams will travel only 70-players in football this fall….Cancels all fall tournaments for sports…Bans teams from staying at hotels on home game weekends

UCLA…Hires new Athletic Director-Martin Jarmond-Boston College.
TCU..Coach Gary Patterson takes 20% paycut-from 5M-salary
West Virginia..Furlough 65-Athletic Department employees
Ohio University…Slashes athletic budget 20%-coaches 10$ cut salary

Pepper Rodgers..Former head coach UCLA-Kansas-Georgia Tech-passes away (73-65-1) in career…coached John Riggins-Bobby Douglass-Gary Began…hired Terry Donahue-John Cooper-Dick Tomey as assistant coaches.

Northern Colorado…DB-coach Zach Hoffpauir dies of virus (26Y)…was multisport athlete at Stanford.

Maryland…QB-Tau Tagovailoa transfers in from Alabama
Florida..OT-Steven Reese-transfers in from Mississippi State
Princeton..QB-Blake Stenstrom transfer in from Colorado
Arizona State..lands P-Logan Taylor-transfer from Florida State
LSU..Expels CB-Donte Starks-gun incidents

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…………..(Basketball)……………..

LA County Coroner…autopsy on Kobe Bryant…had to be identified by finger prints and tattoos on body parts…says Bryant was killed instantly in crash in wreckage-fire came after the crash…Daughter was ejected from crash and body found in canyon next to helicopter…Plane hit at 183mph…debris field spread more than 100-yards….Bryant body contained drug Ritalin for ADD-nothing else…Autopsy on pilot showed no alcohol or drugs in body.

NBA…Lakers player rep Jared Dudley says league seriously looking at ways to finish 82-game season then go to playoffs…Would push back start of 2020-21 season till December.

NBA…Has purchased 15,000 test kits to reopen season

NBA Union….President Michele Roberts says against the 2-city bubble plan proposed by Commissioner Adam Silver..”Would be incarcerating players-worried about their mental health”

Lakers..Opened practice facility on Saturday for limited workouts in El Segundo.
Clippers..Yet to finalize practice plans at Playa Vistas facility
Houston..Opens facility for conditioning drills on Monday

NBA…Only 8-teams had opened facilities by this weekend.

Lakers..C-Dwight Howard confirms mother of his 2-boys has passed away from stroke….was (31Y)

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Aztecs…Former SDSU G-DJ Gay named head coach at LaJolla Country Day High School.

USD…lose F-James Jean-Marie..transfers out…averaged (7P-4R) as first year starter…Becomes 3rd Torero to leave team after (9-23) season.

USD…Lands transfer F-Josh Parish-Rice University…(7P-3R) last year….Becomes 3rd transfer in joining 6’7-F-Gart Yuletkin-Texas AM and G-Frankie Hughes-Duquesne to join team.

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………………(Hockey)………………..

NHL….Return to Play Committee proposing 24-team playoff series to be conducted at 4-different hubs….Realigned into 6-team regions…1st round playoffs-play 5-games in round robin….4-teams in each region move into 2nd round…then play Best of 3-series in playoffs….Committee will meet on Tuesday to further discuss proposal.

NHL..Board of Governors will do conference call to discuss how to structure and when to hold NHL draft…before playoffs or later in off season.

NHL…Longtime GM-Brian Burke details plan…Must save the 2020-21 season…Thinks NHL should have just 8-team playoff…go just 3-rounds…says he does not understand how you can test 24-teams-staffs-game officials for elongated playoffs.

American Hockey League…Developing 3-models for next season….Full season to start October 9th….Delayed season in November…Shortened season in December…Also discussing plans if there are no fans allowed in stands…how to help the 12-teams in league that are not owned by NHL clubs

Portland Winterhawks…Western Hockey League team-files for bankruptcy protection.

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…………..(General)……………….

Darlington 400-NASCAR debut…Kevin Harvick races from 8th place to take lead and holds off challengers in first race back from 71-day layoff….Jimmie Johnson had lead late in first round of race then hit wall and got knocked out…Johnson winless streak now at 100-races…Alex Bowman-Kurt Busch finished 2nd-3rd in race.

NASCAR…Adds 4-more races to schedule in June…Bristol-Martinsville-Miami-Talladega

Formula 1…Adds 2-races at Silverstone, England to schedule…have cancelled 10-races so far this season.

Indy Car..Cancels Canadian Grand Prix in Toronto

ATP-WTA…extend suspension of play thru July 31st on tennis tour

Soccer..English Premier League..will open all training camps May 18th..tentative start of season June 12.

Dortmund…US star Gio Reyna injures leg in warmup before opening game of season

Bundesliga…Opens German soccer season with 6-games without fans this weekend.

Golf..Rory McIlroy says he will not play golf with President Donald Trump..critical of mishandling of Covid Crisis in US.

Golf…Taylor Made Challenge for Charity…NBC telecast draws mixed reviews…too many analysts…too many interviews…too long interview with Bill Murray…..President Trump.

LPGA…Cancels Great Lakes Invitational-Michigan….was first tourney scheduled to start up season.

Horse Racing..Preakness…rescheduled for October 3rd…Kentucky Derby will run weekend September 5th

Santa Anita…took in (11.2M) in wagering without fans on first day of operation on Friday….55-trainers..21-jockeys….90-track employees all tested for temperature and swabs….Jockeys quarantined in trailers at track for weekend….Track will run 3-days a week for now.

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