Updates from the Big Four American Sports regarding COVID-19.
-There are reports that the NFL draft will no longer be held at an outdoor venue in Las Vegas. According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the NFL Draft will not happen in Las Vegas from April 23rd to April 25th, and the league is currently weighing its options at this time. The current plan that is being reported will have the Draft take place in a studio-setting with all franchises operating from individual team headquarters. Last Monday, the league announced the draft will still take place as usual and that all public events in Las Vegas surrounding the draft have been canceled.
-The Nets’ Kyrie Irving donated $323K to help provide meals to local families. In an Instagram post that was published earlier today, Irving announced he was partnering with Feeding America and other organizations to provide food to marginalized communities during this turbulent time. Irving reportedly donated $323K to Feeding America.
-The NHL released a Q&A earlier today regarding how the league intends to handle the COVID-19 Pandemic. The league has said that following a self-quarantine period and depending on developments regarding the spread of Coronavirus, it will consider allowing players to return to team facilities for individual workouts as well as small group workouts.
-The league also said that it does not intend on shortening the current NHL season or having this current season interfere with the 2020-2021 NHL season. In the Q&A, the league said, “We do not anticipate a scenario in our resumption of play format that would endanger or interfere with the League’s ability to stage and execute the 2020-21 NHL season in its entirety.”
-The Boston Globe is reporting that Red Sox Manager Ron Roenicke said the team believes they will have about three to four weeks of training before the season begins actually, kind of like a second Spring Training. He said the team is “operating under the premise that teams will have three or four weeks of what amounts to a second spring training before the season starts. Presumably teams will return to Florida and Arizona. But in talking to officials from Major League Baseball, no decisions have been reached about what type of schedule teams will play or whether fans will be allowed into ballparks.” Last week, ESPN reported that MLB Opening Day will be pushed back to mid-May at the earliest.