Spring Sports Update
There has been quite a lot of news going on in the world of sports as a whole across the different leagues. One of the big topics in the world of sports is obviously the Coronavirus and some of our star athletes who had contracted the virus have reportedly virus free. Those athletes include Donovan Mitchelle and Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz. Also in the realm of the NFL Head coach of the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton has also recovered. He says he feels much better now after being cleared. To dive more into the world of the NFL, one of the biggest news in recent weeks is that Tom Brady has officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a two year contract offering $50 million.
After playing 20 years with the New England Patriots it will be interesting to see how Brady fits in within the Tampa Bay organization and how well they will fair. The NFL have also given an update to how much money they have raised for their COVID-19 relief. That number has exceeded more than $35 million dollars. It is also said that the talks of postponing the 2020 NFL Draft have come to an end. Through reports from The Score, Commissioner of the Nation Football League, Roger Goodell confirmed that the league will not be postponed and go on as scheduled on April 23-25. Goodell states, “All clubs should now be doing the necessary planning to conduct draft operations in a location outside of your facility, with a limited number of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to allow you to communicate internally, with other clubs, and with draft headquarters.”
Switching gears to the MLB, one of the biggest news to come out of the league is that the MLB and MLBPA have reached and agreement surrounding the 2020 season. One of the terms of the agreement prohibits teams from signing free agents and trading players during this time. Not only that but it was agreed that Opening Day will be pushed back. There are talks around the league that games will be played in neutral locations or if push comes to shove in empty stadiums. With that, another big topic in the MLB is the London Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs that is supposed to take place on June 13-14. Unfortunately, the league has canceled the series between the two teams. Word has not been said on whether or not the series will be moved to next year. At this point now in the NBA and NHL there are talks on whether or not each league’s season will resume once this pandemic is over but as things are looking it seems it may be straight into the playoffs or end the season in general. It’s definitely a weird time we are living in and not having sports to watch has been very different but only thing that can be hoped for is that eventually things get back to normal and we get our beloved sports back.
The last bit of sports news that has been going around involves NASCAR. It is said that FOX Sports is set to air the iRacing series after NASCAR, iRacing, and FOX Sports had a successful first ever eNASCAR invite. The first event was won by Denny Hamlin and the event drew 903,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1. This was the most watched sports event since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down of all sports. Tim Clark, Senior VP and Chief Digital Officer of NASCAR said, “We are committed to running these eNASCAR iRacing events as long as necessary. Providing a platform for our fans to watch and engage with their favorite drivers is our number one priority.”