Updates from the Big Four American Sports regarding COVID-19.
-Commissioner Adam Silver said he is considering all options, “best-case, worst-case and countless ideas in between…” as the league tries to adapt to its current circumstances. Silver said, “we’ve been analyzing multiple scenarios on a daily if not hourly basis and we’ll continue to review the financial implications. Obviously, it’s not a pretty picture but everyone, regardless of what industry they work in, is in the same boat.” Today marks the tenth full day that the league has been shut down.
-ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that NBA teams will pay players their next checks which are due on April 1st, but the league has not committed to paying players their checks after that which are due on April 15th. Woj also said the league sent out a memo yesterday that will provide teams further guidance on the April 15th payment date.
-Many people in the NBA have tested positive for COVID-19. Several members of the 76ers’ organization have reportedly tested positive for the disease. A Boston Celtics’ player has also tested positive for COVID-19. Lastly, two members of the Los Angeles Lakers have tested positive for Coronavirus. The identities of all individuals are being withheld from the public at this time.
-The league is reporting that a second player on the Ottawa Senators has tested positive for the Coronavirus. The player was reportedly part of an away trip that included games against the Sharks, Kings, and Ducks. So far, the team has reportedly tested eight people for the disease, with two tests coming back positive.
-The Deputy Commissioner said he hopes to award the Stanley Cup to a team with honor and integrity. The Deputy Commissioner said on Thursday, “…regardless of whether we come back to a handful of regular-season games or we try to play all of them, which I think is becoming more unlikely, or we can’t play any, I think we have had a meaningful regular season in terms of separating potential playoff teams from nonplayoff teams. And so I think in terms of integrity, the regular season has had integrity.” He went on to say, “what integrity means in the context of a playoff tournament, there’s a couple different aspects to that. Is a single-elimination game in the context of our sport, is that really fair? And maybe it is fair, but maybe it’s fair in some contexts of the playoffs and not in others. So you want to come up with a format that you think is fair for the participating teams but also has integrity in terms of producing a deserving winner.”
-MLB.TV announced it is replaying every game of the 2018 and 2019 MLB Seasons for free. The announcement was made by the league yesterday. Anybody interested in learning more can do so by visiting mlb.tv for more details.
–There is no new information regarding COVID-19 and the NFL.