How close are we to live sports? Where the world's biggest leagues stand right now
A SKELETON STAFF of about 150 gathered inside the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia, for the Professional Bull Riders two-day Gwinnett Invitational. It was March 15 just days after the NBA and NHL suspended their seasons indefinitely and hours after the NCAA canceled the men's and women's basketball tournaments. Still, cowboys from around the country would compete before a television-only and digital streaming audience in one of the last professional sporting events to be held in the United States before the PBR, too, shut down. People would be organized into groups of 10 or fewer and they wouldn't have contact with other groups. Anyone entering the arena would be screened, responding to a CDC questionnaire while having their temperature checked. Anyone with symptoms would be isolated. Everyone would be required to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from anyone else.
The SEC announced Friday that athletes can begin using facilities on campus for voluntary workouts June 8 under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each university. Presidents and chancellors from the SEC's 14 universities are the ones who made the final call after extensive conversations within the league involving commissioner Greg Sankey, athletic directors and medical officials. The NCAA Division I Council had already lifted the moratorium on workouts with its vote on Wednesday, allowing voluntary on-campus activities to resume in football and men's and women's basketball starting June 1. As one SEC administrator told ESPN on Friday, the date that players actually begin working out in the weight room or conducting voluntary workouts could be days, and possibly a week or more, after they return to campus on June 8. He noted that some of the players could also return in waves.
Knicks legend, Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing tests positive for coronavirus
Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced Friday. The Hall of Famer is under care and isolated at a local hospital "I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly," Ewing said in a statement. "I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of
yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I'll be fine and we will all get through this." The school said Ewing is the only member of the Georgetown men's basketball program to have tested positive for the virus. Following his famed NBA playing career, Ewing took over as Georgetown's head coach in 2017 after spending 15 years as an assistant coach for four different NBA franchises.
Kevin Love: Coronavirus pandemic another reminder of importance of mental wellness
Kevin Love is fretting about COVID-19. He's not spending a lot of energy worrying whether he'll get it, or grieving the death someone of close to him who contracted the coronavirus. He frets because he knows what can happen if people experience the loss of a loved one, become consumed with the loneliness of isolation, experience job insecurity and financial difficulty, and then internalize that stress instead of getting help by reaching out and talking to a health professional. Since then, Love's life has been transformed. He has assumed the mantle as the face of mental health awareness, not just for the NBA but across numerous sports, educational and cultural platforms. He created the Kevin Love Fund, an organization committed to normalizing the conversation about mental health.
The clock is ticking on 2020 MLB season talks. The long-awaited proposal from MLB on an economic plan for this year will be sent to the union early next week, The ticks of the clock are blaring. The $170 million advance to players runs out Sunday.
Big 12 OKs football activities starting June 15 as part of three-phase plan
The Big 12 announced Friday that football players can return to campuses for voluntary workouts on June 15 as part of a phased return to activities.The league's board of directors approved a three-phase plan, with other fall sports athletes (cross country, soccer, volleyball) allowed to return for voluntary workouts July 1 and all other athletes eligible to return July 15. The Big 12 had suspended all athletic activities through May 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic. That moratorium remains in effect until it expires. The NCAA's Division I Council on Wednesday voted to lift the national moratorium for on-campus athletic activities for football and men's and women's basketball athletes starting June 1. On Friday, the council expanded that to all sports.