Cristiano Ronaldo is the biggest instagram influencer in the world with 190 million followers.SamuelBRoberts said:I don't even know who they are, but the idea that the two people in that picture are responsible for spreading a deadly disease by standing in a field together is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard.
Yao Ming offers options for Chinese Basketball Association restart
BEIJING -- Yao Ming, the former Houston Rockets star and now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, says the league has three options for resuming the season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the coronavirus pandemic.
Yao said the league might play out the full schedule, play a shortened season with some games dropped or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams' current standings.
He told state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday that he hoped as much of the season can be played as possible but that public health and fairness were the key considerations. A tournament to restart the season was also being considered if not all scheduled games could be played.
Teams would be isolated in hotels and fans barred from arenas, he said.
In formulating a restart plan, the CBA received advice from a unique source, Yao said. Zhong Nanshan, who heads a national virus control team and is married to a former national player, provided "many useful suggestions," Yao said. "With their help, we are more confident of the CBA's return."
As in most countries, professional sports in China has been largely put on hold during the pandemic. The national football association said last week it would be mandating a temporary 30% to 50% pay cut for all players and hoped to restart competition on a staggered schedule.
We'll have to agree to disagree on that one. I don't remember at time in baseball history where teams had video camera recording the pitches in real time and relaying the info to the batter simultaneously. If you organically steal the signs, more power to you. But to use electronics to do it, when not everybody was doing it. Not cool. And that's not even mentioning the buzzers. You don't find it strange that Altuve was insistent on his teammates not ripping off his jersey in the ALCS? Come on man. And then runs into the dugout to take it off. I mean that's every kids dream to hit a HR to send his team to the WS, and celebrate with his teammates, and he runs in the dugout to hide right after? And then when questioned by Ken Rosenthal after, he was clearly lying. But we can agree to disagreePart of me misses baseball, but after how MLB screwed over and scapegoated the Astros, I kinda just want to see it all burn down.
It's hard not to want scorched earth after nearly the entirety of the sport's fandom constantly shrieks, SJW-style, that you're a Badperson if you still like a team that got singled out for engaging in the long-time baseball tradition of breaking the rules and then keeping quiet about it, when every other team in the league would have done the same thing.
Other professional sports? I don't miss them at all. I do think that kids should be able to play them again, though.
NBA Poised To Lose $900M In National TV Money Alone If Playoffs Canceled
May 15, 2020 12:38 PM
The NBA will lose approximately $900 million in national television revenue from the playoffs alone if they cancel the remainder of the season, sources tell Sam Amick of The Athletic.
The NBA hopes to create a "campus-like" environment to resume the season to at least play the playoffs.
The NBA signed a nine-year, $24 billion television deal with ESPN and TNT in 2014 that reshaped the league's finances.
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Adam Silver Hints NBA Still Plans To Involve All 30 Teams In Restart Of Season
May 15, 2020 12:48 PM
While it remains unclear whether all 30 teams would be involved in the resumption of play, Adam Silver provided a club during a call with general managers on Wednesday.
Sources tell Sam Amick of The Athletic that Silver "implored teams that are out of playoff contention to take a holistic view on the matter and remain willing to assist for the greater good, so to speak."
Silver didn't specifically reference Steve Kerr, but it is believed the message was a response to remarks from the Warriors' coach about his team's season being unofficially over.
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NBA Studying Playing Games Next Season With Arenas At 15-20 Percent Capacity
May 15, 2020 6:11 PM
The NBA is studying how teams can get creative and play games next season at 15 percent to 20 percent capacity.
"...Assuming a vaccine isn't coming any time soon, are there things we can do in our arenas where maybe we can't have 19,000 people, but maybe we can have 5,000 people? Maybe we can have 8,000 people? Maybe there are protocols allowing for it?" said Adam Silver during a conference call last week.
Silver prepared players for the possibility of playing the entire 20-21 season without fans in attendance.
MLS Proposes Summer Tournament In Florida Featuring All 26 Teams
The MLS is proposing a summer tournament in Florida featuring all 26 teams beginning in June.
The proposal calls for players and coaches to head to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando to begin training on June 1 with matches beginning three to four weeks later.
One proposed format for the tournament would see the league's teams divided into groups, with each team playing around five games during the group stage.
MLS shut down on March 12nd.
NFL coronavirus: Teams looking into possibility of out-of-state training camps due to COVID-19, per report
Training camp could look a lot different for several teams in 2020
As it stands, the world remains in the grip of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, but some states are beginning to enter Phase 1 of their respective reopening plans. The outbreak initially led to the shutdown and/or suspension of every sport in the US, as local jurisdictions employ varying levels of shelter-in-place orders that also include banning gatherings of more than 10 people. The NFL has mostly dodged the bullet -- considering its season doesn't begin until September -- and while the league is relegated to beginning offseason programs virtually, training camp and the timing of the regular season remain on schedule for now.
It's all still a fluid situation and the NFL has planned for multiple contingencies but if training camps do actually get underway in July, some teams may have to leave home to make it happen. That's a possibility currently being investigated by several clubs, per Albert Breer of SI.com -- the reality being not every state will reopen at the same time or in the same manner.
The SEC and Big 12 are going to be playing for sure baring some type of massive 2nd wave which is orders of magnitude more deadly than the first wave. WVU's President said that he'd suit up to play this fall if needed. I'm sure the Big 10 and ACC will virtue signal about "safety" as those schools are the type to sniff their own farts a bit, but they'll mostly come along in the end. I could see the Pac 12 canceling though.Either way, there really isn't anything to worry about, but the university system and NCAA is really a bureaucratic/corporate mess par excellence. I wouldn't try to predict anything they do. They are nuts.