Best 15 Minutes in Sports—Tuesday

Posted by on May 12th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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Padres…Owner Ron Fowler informs 230-front office and stadium employees that work furloughs-layoffs will begin this coming Sunday…Approximately 120-employees will be furloughed but will retain health benefits during the work stoppage…Another 110-employees in upper level management will take payouts…The team indicated they will call back some employees based on when the season restarts and if fans are allowed to attend games….The Padres had paid most employees 5-paychecks since spring training shut down March 12th.

Padres-Dodgers-Angels…Governor Gavin Newsome talks to Commissioner Rob Manfred and says he cannot guarantee Stadiums in LA would be open in July, if the lockdown in state continues….Padres (Peoria)..Dodgers (Camelback Ranch)..Angels (Tempe) may be forced to open season at their spring training sights.

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(MLB)

MLB Owners….Approve a ‘Return to Baseball Plan’ and will forward it to the Union for negotiations starting on Tuesday.

..Open spring training camps June 15th…in home stadiums for at spring training sights.
..Begin 82-game schedule July 4th-running thru October 3rd..covering approximately 91-calendar days.
..14-team playoffs…7-teams each League…3-Division winners…4-Wildcards.
..30-man active roster…20-player taxi squad
..Universal Designated Hitter in all games.
..Postpone All Star Game at Dodgers Stadium..use that week for games.
..Playoffs-World Series in October into November
..No fans at games for at least first month of season
..Propose 50-50 Revenue Share split with the Players for 1-year instead of paying pro rated salaries.
..No minor league baseball this season.
..Testing plans-schedules- for all staffs, clubhouses, buildings, to be put in place.

MLB Union…President Tony Clark says the ‘Revenue Share’ Plan is viewed as a salary cap and that his union never agreed to that when they agreed to take ‘Pro Rated’ salaries….Charged MLB trying to use ‘health crisis as way to invoke a salary cap’.

MLB….Player agent Scott Boras says “MLB made a deal with the Players on Salaries….Live with it”

MLB..Cancels 2021-World Baseball Classic…rescheduled for 2023.

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(NFL)

Dr. Anthony Fauchi….Warns NFL that large number of fans in Stadiums in September would be the ‘ideal setup to restart the virus’ again.  Said it would take 200,000-Test Kits to cover 32-teams, entire staffs, game officials….Says it would be ‘Medical Malpractice’ to players on the field who might test positive and infect other….Said ‘Virus Levels’ will make the decision whether NFL should startup again….Says NFL has ‘time on its side right now’…in that testing will be improved and more complete by mid-summer….says he expects ‘Virus to return in the fall’…but says possibly at lower level if US arrives at enhanced testing at that point….

Pittsburgh…Steelers coach Mike Tomlin implores NFL to invoke ‘fairness rule’ that no teams should be allowed to open facilities until all teams in all states can open facilities.

CFL…Commissioner Randy Ambrosie meets for 2nd time with Parliament members to plead for Government loans to allow the league to operate a possible 8-game schedule this year…Says CFL needs 30M immediately to operate and 120M if it cancels entire season.

New England…Report that QB-Tom Brady decided to leave Patriots because not only ‘Joyless Atmosphere’ being around Bill Belicheck…but also ‘Deteriorating Relationship’ with Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels about offenses struggles.

Dallas…QB-Dak Prescott told he must sign 1Y-Franchise Tender offer by July 15th…or will be barred from signing multi-year contract during regular season…Would play under 1Y-31M franchise tag fee.

Carolina…OT-Russell Okung-who filed lawsuit against his own union over vote on the CBA, has suit thrown out by NLRB…Okung charged Union violated own bylaws by going ahead with vote on CBA even after 11-Member Executive Committee refused to accept it.

Indianapolis….Longtime NFL-Def Line coach John Teerlink passes away (69Y)…Had been with Colts 11-years…worked for 6-NFL teams.

Colts..Off Coord-Nick Sirianni says QB-Philip Rivers chose to sign in Indianapolis because of Off Line…Colts allowed only 50-sacks in two years….Rivers sacked 445-times with Chargers in his career.

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(Roster Moves)

Jets…Make contact with FA-QB-Joe Flacco about possible backup QB spot-Flacco coming off neck surgery….Jets looking for veteran to backup QB-Sam Darnold….also talked to Trevor Siemian-Blake Bortels-Drew Stanton.

Eagles..Set up meeting with FA-RB-Carlos Hyde-ex Browns-Houston-49ers.

Titans..Break off contract talks with FA-S-Logan Ryan…wanted 9.5M.

Houston…Set up meeting with FA-OG-Larry Warford-ex Saints..3-time Pro Bowler

Raiders..Release LB-Derrick Moncrief-former CFL star

Miami..QB-Tua Tagovailoa signs contract…(4Y-30M) with 20M-guaranteed after being 5th pick in the draft.

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(College Football)

Pac 12-Conference…..Commissioner Larry Scott says league is looking at dropping non conference games and playing 11-league games instead.

UCLA…TE-Jordan Wilson-transfers to Florida State
Arizona State…Lands DB-DeAndre Pierce-transfer Boise State

Florida Tech…Division II school folds its football program because of huge financial losses to shutdown University.

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…………………(Basketball)……………….

Lakers…Vanessa Bryant lawsuit….brother of deceased pilot Ara Zobayan….says Kobe Bryant knew the risks of flying in bad weather and bears blame for helicopter taking off enroute to Thousand Oaks when crashed occurred in rain and fog…..Bryant Family suing the estate of the pilot.

NBA….Atlanta-Cleveland-Toronto-Denver-Portland open practice facility to players on limited basis for conditioning on Monday.

NBA-G League…Lands another high school star for ‘Select’ team…(7’2-C) Kai Sotto-Phillippines-will bypass college and go to G-League.

Duke…Lawyers in ‘discovery’ phase of lawsuit say former Duke star Zion Williamson’s family, demanded payment of money from Nike-Adidas over a 5-year span while Williamson was in high school and playing 1-year at Duke….Williamson in middle of major lawsuit against marketing firm for breach of contract…..Marketing firm asking for 100M in damages.

China Basketball Association….Yao Ming says CBO launch has been postponed a second time by virus and teams back into quarantine.

Big East Conference….says it will make a decision by September 1st on basketball season….”If students are not on campus in fall–no college basketball season”

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………………..(Hockey)……………..

American Hockey League….Cancels rest of season and all of playoffs…1st time since 1937 no Calder Cup playoffs…..Gulls had 6-home games left on schedule plus playoff series at home….Gulls (30-19-6-2) on season and had surged into playoff spot.

LA Kings…Mike Futa-Director of Hockey Operations and Lead Scouting Director leaves NHL team after a decade.

Edmonton…Oilers lose F-Markus Granlund-signs with KHL-Yuleaev team in Russia.

San Jose..Sign Russian teenage F-Timur Ibragimov.

Las Vegas..Sign F-Jack Dugan-college hockey star Providence College…had (52P-34 games) as sophomore.

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…………….(General)……………

English Premier League….Prime Minister Boris Johnson issues 50-page report on Virus Crisis…says Social Distancing in country must continue till June 1st….EPL owners want to open camps for conditioning on May 18th…..Johnson says stadiums could open with no fans….EPL has 92-games left on its schedule to be played.

England World Cup….Women’s team offers head coaching job to Jill Ellis…former head coach Team USA…won World Cups in 2015-2019.

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