Report: MLB gave players two options for 2020 season

It appears negotiations between MLB and the MLB Players Association to begin the 2020 season that hasn’t yet begun because of the coronavirus pandemic won’t get much friendlier between the two parties anytime soon.

On Tuesday afternoon, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted that owners have presented two new proposals to the players, and logic suggests the union won’t happily embrace either.

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By Zac Wassink | Last updated 5/19/20

Commissioner Gary Bettman not contemplating canceling NHL season

Well hockey fans, it looks like there’s no sign of the NHL canceling its season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman appeared as a guest in a virtual town hall hosted by the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday and noted canceling the season is “not something I’m even contemplating.”

“I believe that if the right time comes, and the right circumstances, based on all of the options that we’re considering and our ability to execute them, we’ll get this season done,” Bettman said, according to Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News. “I don’t want to sound Pollyanna, but canceling is too easy a solution. That means you stop working hard to do all of the things that we’re doing, and I ultimately believe that there will be an opportunity.”

The NHL has only canceled its season twice… in 1919 because of the Spanish flu and in 2005 because of the lockout.

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By Erin Walsh | Last updated 5/13/20

Report: NFL coaches ‘really nervous’ about NFL’s plan for return due to COVID-19

The NFL is moving full steam ahead with its plan for the 2020 NFL season after releasing the full regular-season schedule. While everyone around the league anticipates football being played in 2020, some are quite concerned about the league’s plan.

The upcoming season is expected to start on schedule with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans to kick off Week 1 on Sept. 10. While few around the NFL expect delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are worried about what happens once the season starts.

According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, several coaches around the NFL are “really nervous” about their own safety and the health of the players once the season is rolling. The coronavirus can spread quickly among all demographics, putting everyone at an NFL facility in danger.

While most players are willing to play, those with risk factors or family members with risk factors could be in danger of suffering the serve side effects of the coronavirus. The concern is even more prevalent among coaches, with many in the age group that are at far greater risk of dying from COVID-19.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Matt Johnson | Last updated 5/13/20

MLB owners reportedly approve plan to start season on July 4

MLB owners passed a proposal to the players’ union that could have the 2020 season starting around Fourth of July weekend, according to the Associated Press.

Of course, no fans would be allowed in the stadiums if this were to pass, and the players’ union would have to agree to the proposed plan. According to the Associated Press, round two of spring training would begin in mid-June to give the players the opportunity to get in baseball shape ahead of the season.

Each team would play around 82 regular-season games against opponents in its own division, plus interleague matchups limited to divisions as well. For example, the American League East teams would face National League East teams in interleague play. This would limit the need to travel over longer distances and help with player safety.

In terms of the postseason, it would be an expanded playoffs including 14 teams instead of 10, doubling the wild-card matchups.

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By Erin Walsh | Last updated 5/11/20

MLB teams telling players to get in shape, prepare for the season

Major League Baseball is expected to send a proposal for the 2020 season to start to players some time in the next week.

According to multiple media reports, the plan is for a second round of Spring Training to get going in mid June with a target date of July 1 for the start of the regular season. Whether these plans are realistic remains to be seen amid the current reality of the COVID-19 pandemic remains to be seen.

What we do know is that teams are now telling players to get back into shape and prepare for the start of the season.

“General managers and managers from at least a dozen teams have reached out to players and suggested they ramp up baseball activities, executives, players and agents familiar with the conversations told ESPN. Some teams have suggested players prepare for a spring training that would begin as early as June 10 and a season that would begin July 1,” ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Wednesday.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 5/6/20

NFL won’t play any games in London in 2020?

The NFL is expected to release its full schedule for 2020 on May 9, and it will likely look much different than we imagined. One significant change that will reportedly be included is the relocation of any games that were originally supposed to take place overseas.

According to a report from Matt Hughes of the Daily Mail, one of the reasons Premier League soccer team Tottenham is having financial issues is that its new stadium will not be hosting two NFL games next season. The two games that were scheduled to be held at Wembley Stadium are also expected to be relocated to the United States. Hughes writes that playing NFL games in London this season is “not feasible.”

The NFL remains committed to playing a full 16-game season, even though some believe the start of it will be postponed. The offseason schedule has already been altered with some teams holding organized team activities virtually, and it remains to be seen if training camp will be impacted.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 5/3/20

Report: 2020-21 NHL season could start in December

The 2019-20 NHL season has been suspended for six weeks now as the world battles the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s not yet known when (or if) the season will start up again. While there’s some confidence that it won’t be canceled altogether, what happens on this front will dictate when the 2020-21 season starts.

According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL is discussing a December start to next season.

“As I hinted near the bottom of my column last Friday, the idea of delaying next season’s start until December has indeed been discussed by the NHL with its teams as a possibility, multiple sources around the league confirmed,” the report read. “The kicker is that the league still hopes to cram in a full 82-game season, even with a December start.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 4/28/20

Report: MLB planning 100-game schedule with three 10-team divisions

On Monday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that individuals throughout Major League Baseball have grown optimistic some sort of big league season will occur in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

A day later, Bob Nightengale of USA Today added information on what a unique MLB campaign may look like later this year. 

According to Nightengale, three executives informed him MLB is preparing for a season with at least 100 games that would begin between late June and July 2. Teams would play in their home ballparks, but fans would not be allowed to attend games. This would enable players to avoid quarantining from their families for several months, something stars such as Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout and Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw spoke out against earlier this month. 

As part of the plan, the league would feature three 10-team divisions aligned by geographical locations that would join clubs from both the National and American Leagues. Teams would only play intradivisional games during the season. 

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By Zac Wassink | Last updated 4/28/20

Roger Goodell on starting the NFL season as planned: ‘We can help our country heal’

Even amidst the uncertainty of a pandemic, the NFL plans to forge ahead with its 2020 season. 

This week, commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated that stance in a chat with Kairos CEO Ankur Jain. 

“The NFL is planning to play,” Goodell said (link via the NFL on Instagram). “That’s our hope, and that’s our planning to date. … We can help our country heal. We can help bring our communities together. We can provide hope.”

Goodell also stressed that public safety is paramount to the NFL. Right now, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the NFL launches its season in September exactly as planned. Even if social distancing regulations are relaxed by local and federal regulators, the threat of a new COVID-19 wave will likely linger.

In the meantime, the NFL has drastically altered its offseason plans while mostly keeping the scheduled milestones in place. NFL executives will conduct the NFL Draft at their individual homes. And, between now and April 23, they’re conducting interviews with players via video conference.

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Originally posted on Pro Football Rumors | By Zach Links | Last updated 4/9/20

Some MLB players reportedly ‘balking’ at idea of resuming season in isolation

Major League Baseball is exploring the possibility of resuming play as early as May, but that will likely only be feasible if teams are essentially quarantined in Arizona and allowed limited — if any — contact with the outside world. As you might expect, that concept is one that at least some players are not thrilled with.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Monday that MLB is discussing a plan where all teams would play games in the Phoenix area, with players and staff living in relative isolation. That would mean players have to be away from their families for several months straight, and Passan acknowledged on Tuesday that the plan could fall apart quickly if players are not open to it.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 4/7/20