Updates from the Sports World regarding COVID-19.
-League sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski the NBA is reducing the base salary of about 100 of the league’s top-earning executives around the globe by 20%. Woj is saying that Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum are some of the people that will be affected by this decision. Woj is also reporting support staff and administrative staff will not be affected by these pay cuts.
-The WNBA Draft will be conducted virtually next month without the involvement of players, media, and other guests. At this time, the WNBA Draft is scheduled to take place on April 17th at 8:00 PM EST with live coverage of the event taking place on ESPN2.
-New Orlean’s Head Coach Sean Payton is saying that he has been cleared of the Coronavirus and is feeling good. Yesterday, in an interview with WWL radio, Payton said, “I’m doing well. I was cleared yesterday… It’s been quite a process. You spend a lot of time trying to learn as much as you can about it. We’re certainly seeing it on the news 24/7.” Payton tested positive for the Coronavirus back on March 19th.
-The Green Bay Packers announced they are extending the closure of its businesses to April 24th to help minimize the spread of Coronavirus. The decision came earlier today after an Emergency Order was declared by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Monday. The decision affects all Lambeau Field Atrium businesses. The extended closure is expected to end one day after the start of the 2020 NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 23rd.
-The league announced it is postponing the 2020 Scouting Combine, the 2020 NHL Awards, and the 2020 NHL Draft. The announcement was made yesterday by the NHL Public Relations team. The league went on to say that the location, timing, and format of the 2020 NHL Draft will be finalized at a later date.
-At this time, the NHL is still determining the status of the currently paused season based upon the spread of COVID-19. The NHL’s chief medical authority said on Wednesday it is still unclear when play will resume. “It’s difficult to predict where the pandemic is going and what the timeline will be, but we do expect this is going to get worse before it gets better,” Willem Meeuwisse said. The league is encouraging players to stay in shape and workout at home, but they should do so without being in close proximity to other people.
-Commissioner Rob Manfred released a letter to fans today discussing the current state of the 2020 MLB Season, which was originally scheduled to begin today but was later postponed. Manfred said that we can all work together to combat the Coronavirus Pandemic that is sweeping the globe. He also went on to say, “Baseball will return, just as soon as it’s safe to do so…”
-The MLB will be hosting Opening Day At Home all day today. The league will be broadcasting 30 memorable games all day long, one for each MLB club. The games are being broadcast on TV as well as on multiple digital streaming platforms.