Monday, June 1, 2020
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says there remains an urgent need for action following last week’s death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Goodell issued a statement over the weekend saying current events dramatically underscore the need to do more as a league and a country to combat racism.
The NHL plans to test its players for the coronavirus on a daily basis if the season resumes. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says it will be expensive, but will be a key element to a safe return. Players would get tested every night and learn their results before leaving the hotel room the next morning.
The Major League Baseball Players Association is submitting a proposal to the league in an effort to start the season. ESPN reports it includes an expanded playoff format and a 114-game season starting on June 30th and ending October 31st. In addition, the association is pushing for 100-million dollars in prorated salary deferrals if a postseason is not played this year and giving players the right to opt out of the season. This comes as some owners are “perfectly willing” to cancel the 2020 season to save money. Originally scheduled for a late-March Opening Day, the season was suspended shortly before due to coronavirus.
Tomorrow’s scheduled announcement surrounding the Madden video game is being delayed. EA Sports announced the move today following the protests seen in many cities across America. A statement says in part, “this is bigger than a game.” Numerous cities are seeing protests following the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Video showed him being pinned to the ground with an officer’s knee on his neck. The now fired Officer Derek Chauvin is facing murder and manslaughter charges.
Secaucus will remain the site for this year’s abbreviated Major League Baseball Draft. The two-day draft starts June 10th at the MLB Network studios, but has been shortened to five rounds due to the coronavirus pandemic. The draft was originally to be in Omaha ahead of the College World Series.