Everything you need to know in the sports world regarding COVID-19.
New Orleans Saints’ Head Coach Sean Payton told ESPN that he has tested positive for Coronavirus according to Adam Schefter. Payton is reportedly the first person in the NFL world to test positive for COVID-19.
Payton said that he took a test on Monday after not feeling well on Sunday and just got the results back today. Payton announced these results because “he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside and behave responsibly.” The 56-year-old head coach is now reportedly quarantining himself in his home.
Earlier today, a member of the Denver Nuggets organization tested positive for Coronavirus. The person was tested on March 16th and has been under the team’s care since then. The team and the NBA are not releasing the identity of the person who tested positive at this time.
The NHL announced that it will start putting out more video, editorial, and digital content online to keep fans connected to the game during this break. The NHL also announced that it has partnered with Sportsnet to provide full replays of games from the 2019-2020 NHL season. Both moves are scheduled to begin tomorrow. The league is also launching “NHL Pause Binge” on its website and its official Youtube page which will give fans access to a variety of NHL Original Productions.
Major League Baseball announced a new initiative for all 30 teams that will allow Minor League players to receive compensation from now until the start of the Minor League season. Each player who is signed under a minor league contract will receive a lump sum of money that would have been equal to the pay that the player would have received through April 8th. Individual clubs are still announcing programs and opportunities to assist those communities affected across the United States.