Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday

Posted by on May 13th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

………………(Baseball)………………..

Padres….Padres employees tell this website….”Permanent layoffs and furloughs begin this Friday”….”Paycuts for all others who remain employed”….”Team operating with zero budgets”….”Paycuts of 20% for those still working”…”Team did guarantee health-care for all current and former employees thru December 31st.”

Padres…Sources say SS-Fernando Tatis works out 1-time a week at Petco Park….3B-Manny Machardo worked out only once….Pitching staff working out each week on split schedule..

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MLB….Owners Committee and Union hold Video Conference to discuss proposals on 82-game schedule to start without fans on July 4th…Embargo on public comments means both sides are continuing talking….2-sides make opening statements….but spent the afternoon talking about health and testing procedures…and baseball related structure who games begin …but did not address specific economic issues and the owners ideas on revenue sharing.

Union…Opening statement…”Players are unified….Sacrificed half our salary already….Tying remaining salaries to revenues over 82-game schedule is in effect a salary cap….Players deserve to be paid in full for 82-games left for they are taking the risks….We are not giving back more”…Illinois governor criticizes players-“everyone making a sacrifice-you should too”

Owners..Opening statement…”We’re not trying to set a precedent….Not trying to regulate payroll…We are trying to distribute the money we will get from 82-game schedule fairly”.

Dr. Anthony Fauchi….Testifies before Senate…”Reopening country and sports right now is a mistake-will reignite virus”…..”Hoping for a vaccine by fall for sports is a ‘Bridge Too Far’.

Canadian Doctors-Disease Specialists……”Testing Teams-Staff members daily-is unfair burden on the system”…..”Teams purchasing Test kits deprives hospitals-senior care facilities-nursing homes of needed kits”…..”Will overtax labs to get results”…..”Do I tell 500-women in Canada who need tests for breast cancer surgery to wait-so the Blue Jays can use the test kits to play baseball”

Arizona…Governor announces sports facilities can reopen in that state on May 15th.

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…………………(Football)…………………..

Chargers….California Governor Gavin Newsome is extending California lockdown thru June 30th.  LA County to extend its lockdown till July 31st….Puts Chargers-Rams opening of season in jeopardy.

Chargers…Training camp is in Orange County in Costa Mesa..so not impacted by LA County shutdown in July.  Have explored training camps out of state if shutdowns continue in California into August.

Rams..Training camp in Ventura County-Thousand Oaks-so not impacted by LA County decision if camps opened in July. Looking out of state if California shutdowns continue.

NFL…Exploring electronic signage boards that could be used for corporate advertisers on walls and seats in empty stadiums during NFL telecasts….Considering putting national ads in the end-zones on all fields.

NFL…Postpone owners votes on rule changes till May 28th video conference meeting….Have to vote on Competition Committee proposal to hire “Sky Judges” each officiating crew.

NFL….Advertising Age reports NFL would lost 138M-fan revenue per week if fans do attend games….That equates to a 2.3B-drop in revenue for whole season…Would average out to each team losing about 71M-for a full season with no fans attending games.

Tampa Bay…Tom Brady rips reporters for writing he left Patriots because of ‘joyless atmosphere’ working under Bill Belicheck and for ‘deteriorating relationship’ with Josh McDaniels….Tells reporters ‘Stop the nonsense–be more responsible reporting the facts”

Raiders…Sign FA-CB-Prince Amukurama-ex Lions-Giants

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(College Football)

Aztecs…OG-Daishawn Dixon-3Y starter-signs free agent contract with Baltimore Ravens.

SDSU..Awards scholarship to QB-Lucas Johnson-transfer from Georgia Tech….made only 2-starts in 3-years…has 2-years eligibility left….Had (84TD) at Mt Carmel High.

USD…Signs 34-football recruits…oddly no QBs….Included in group Vista RB-Desmond Tua….Alameda RB-Isaiah Smith…..8-Off Lineman…5-Def Lineman…all 34-high school players…no Transfers.

East Carolina…lands Arkansas transfer RB-Chase Hayden
East Carolina..lands Alabama transfer CB-Nigel Knott.
Notre Dame..lands North Carolina State transfer OG-Nick McCloud
Notre Dame..lands Ohio State transfer CB-Isaiah Pryor
Texas..lands Michigan transfer WR-Tarik Black

California System-Board of Trustees….Announces all 23-campuses will hold fall semester as ‘on line universities’…without students on campus…..Still to come-with no students on campus…will San Diego State-Fresno State-San Jose State (CSU system schools) be allowed to have student athletes on campus?

PAC 12 Conference…confirms discussion plans to cancel all non conference football games…play 11-game league schedule only.

USC…Would lose non conference games with Alabama-Notre Dame-New Mexico.

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………………(Basketball)……………..

NBA…Commissioner Adam Silver scraps plans for “Play In-Tourney” bottom teams to qualify for playoffs.

Dallas..Mavs owner Mark Cuban says he is not willing to reopen camp unless NBA makes testing available on ‘White House level’ testing kits everyday.

NBA….Report that Union is contemplating asking 400 players to vote whether they are comfortable with reopening the season and playoffs.

Lakers…Vanessa Bryant preparing lawsuit against LA Sheriffs Department for officers who took pictures of crash scene and bodies and distributed them….Report that “People Magazine” got access to pictures.

China….Government will not allow CCTV-to televise NBA playoff games..continuation of feud from last summer about NBA comments on incidents in Hong Kong that led to NBA boycott

Mo Williams…Longtime NBA player named head coach at Alabama State University in SWAC.

Aztecs…Pick up 2nd transfer…6’10-C-Cage Alder-transfer from Seattle University…redshirted this year….will have 4-years eligibility left…averaged (18P-12R) per game in high school

Mid American Conference…announces elimination of conference tourney for 8-sports next year in cost-cutting money saving issue…Football-Basketball tourneys remain in place.

UNLV…15% paycuts for all Athletic Department employees.

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…………..(Hockey)……………..

San Diego Gulls…President Matt Savant holds hour long conference call to discuss AHL-suspending playoffs…
..Unanimous vote to shut league down
..Concern over testing-health-risk of players-staffs
..No certainty how to get players back from Canada-Europe
..30-teams in different states…different rules on restarting
..Players in Canada-Europe-not have access to ice time to train
..19-of-31 AHL franchises are owned by NHL teams-strong financial viability..concerned about other 12-independently owned teams.

Arizona Coyotes…Fire CEO Ahron Cohen-been with team 2-years

Montreal..Sign F-Cameron Hillis-Guelph-OHA..had (83P-62 games)
Florida..Lose F-Henrik Borgstrom..signing with Jokreit-Finland in KHL

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………………(General)……………..

MLS…Contemplating opening full training camps in Orlando-Disney World.

English Premier League…Government says teams can open full training camps and play games in home stadiums without fans…bans fans from being in stadium parking lots also….Projected start might be June 1st if there are no spike up in virus levels.

PGA..Exploring use of private charters for players, caddies, tour officials to transport them from tourney to tourney.

NASCAR…Detailing plans how to protect teams-personnel-drivers who have to run 4-races in 11-days when season starts up next week without fans in stands.

Ferrari….Driver Sebastian Vettel will leave at end of 2020 season…Daniel Ricciardi and Fernando Alonso among those who might replace him for next year.  Vettel feuded with Ferrari ownership last two years..never won points title for them.

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