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  • No fall sports for Big West conference.
    https://www.kcra.com/article/fall-sp...-2021/33462515

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    • In Illinois high school news...

      IHSA pushes football, boys soccer and girls volleyball to 2021: ‘The spring is better than nothing’


      The Illinois High School Association on Wednesday put the football season — at least in the traditional sense — on ice due to continuing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

      According to a new plan introduced by the IHSA, there will be a streamlined football season from Feb. 15 to May 1. Girls volleyball and boys soccer have also been moved to that time frame.

      The only fall sports in 2020 the IHSA plans to conduct, starting Aug. 10 and ending Oct. 17, are boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, girls tennis and girls swimming.

      https://www.chicagotribune.com/subur...ed~curatedpage


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      • Seriously, does anyone think D! college football is a good idea at this point? Or, if the season begins that it be successful?

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        • Originally posted by jc203 View Post
          Seriously, does anyone think D! college football is a good idea at this point? Or, if the season begins that it be successful?

          No and no...

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          • Meanwhile....

            Sources: MLB commissioner warns of shutdown if coronavirus isn't better managed

            Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn't do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season, sources familiar with the conversation told ESPN.

            The league and players recognize the coming days are a critical juncture following an outbreak among the Miami Marlins in which 18 players and two coaches have tested positive for COVID-19. Two positive tests by St. Louis Cardinals players on Friday exacerbated concerns inside the sport about the presence of the coronavirus and whether the jointly agreed-upon protocols are being followed properly to prevent outbreaks similar to Miami's.
            Should another outbreak materialize, Manfred, who has the power to shut down the season, could move in that direction. Multiple players briefed on the call fear the season could be shut down as soon as Monday if positive tests jump or if players continue not to strictly abide by the league's protocols.

            https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...mpression=true

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            • The end is nigh...

              Phillies, Blue Jays, Marlins, Nationals, Cardinals, and Brewers are not playing today because of COVID-19.

              https://mobile.twitter.com/matt_bree...98374353240064

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              • The University of Michigan has reported 29 positive tests among their athletes (all teams). 16 of those came within the past week. Doesn't sound good, although, as this article explains, they've got an elaborate testing plan in place.

                https://247sports.com/college/michig...all-149715245/

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                • Meanwhile....

                  Cardinals’ coronavirus outbreak grows with four more positives, further imperiling MLB season


                  Major League Baseball’s hopes of salvaging its 2020 season amid a pandemic took another ominous turn Saturday, when the St. Louis Cardinals received word of additional positive tests for the novel coronavirus, requiring the postponement of a second Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee and deepening the level of pessimism around the sport that the season can go on.

                  The Cardinals, who reported two positive tests Friday, saw another four positives Saturday, one of which was a player, using rapid tests. For the second straight day, that day’s Cardinals-Brewers game was called off — the 16th game of this abbreviated MLB season to be postponed because of the virus — though at this point, a scheduled doubleheader for Sunday is still on, pending the results from the saliva samples sent to MLB’s laboratory.

                  The Cardinals’ outbreak is one of two that have arisen in the past week, casting doubt on the sport’s ability to contain the virus and safely navigate a 60-game regular season. The Miami Marlins have seen 18 players and two coaches test positive in the past week, halting their season until Tuesday, when they are expected to resume following an eight-day hiatus.

                  “This is veering quickly into ‘shut all of MLB down’ territory for me,” tweeted Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at Oxford College of Emory University, in the wake of Saturday’s news regarding the Cardinals. “At these numbers whether it’s players or staff is largely irrelevant to the decision of when to resume — and the answer is emphatically not [Sunday]. You have a large outbreak in a traveling party that spends time indoors together. Assume anyone could be infected at this point.”

                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...ge%2Fstory-ans

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                  • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                    The end is nigh...

                    Phillies, Blue Jays, Marlins, Nationals, Cardinals, and Brewers are not playing today because of COVID-19.

                    https://mobile.twitter.com/matt_bree...98374353240064
                    The Phillies were just cleared. It turns out that they had a couple of false positives.

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                    • meanwhile, in Pac-12 football

                      Pac-12 players threaten to sit out 2020 season over health concerns, medical coverage, racial injustice

                      The players reportedly want schools to help fight racial injustice and secure their safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic



                      https://www.cbssports.com/college-fo...ement%20reads.

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                      • Originally posted by gh View Post
                        Pac-12 players threaten to sit out 2020 season over health concerns, medical coverage, racial injustice
                        and PAY!

                        Demands
                        1. Distribute 50% of each sport's total conference revenue evenly among athletes in their respective sports.
                        2. Six-year athletic scholarships to foster undergraduate and graduate degree completion.
                        3. Elimination of all policies and practices restricting or deterring our freedom of speech, our ability to fully participate in charitable work, and our freedom to participate in campus activities outside of mandatory athletics participation.
                        4. Ability of players of all sports to transfer one time without punishment, and additionally in cases of abuse or serious negligence.
                        5. Ability to complete eligibility after participating in a pro draft if player goes undrafted and foregoes professional participation within seven days of the draft.
                        6. Due process rights.

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                        • It looks to me as if some of that may require amending the NCAA rules, or getting the NCAA to permit exceptions to those rules.

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                          • The actual statement also included something we talked about over in Current Events about losing sports programs. They said they wanted Stanford to reinstate all the sports they dropped and pay for them out of their endowment.

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                            • Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
                              They said they wanted Stanford to reinstate all the sports they dropped and pay for them out of their endowment.
                              Oh, so simple! Why didn't the S number-crunchers think of that!!
                              (sarcasm)

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                              • Here's a very good article on the impact of college football not only on colleges and their students but also on college towns.

                                Lede:

                                On college football Saturdays, tiny Clemson, South Carolina (pop. 17,000), turns into a city of 150,000 when fanatics pour into downtown and swarm Memorial Stadium, home of the Tigers. Some don’t even have a ticket to the game, but they come with money to burn.

                                “It’s well north of $2 million in economic impact per game,” says Susan Cohen, president of the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce.

                                https://time.com/5874483/college-foo...t_rid=21535993

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