Payment for minor league players and stadium employees in limbo — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Minor leaguers haven’t been paid since August, and only one team has said that they’ll be paying their part-time staff during the shutdown.

Payment for minor league players and stadium employees in limbo — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Players aren’t paid during spring training. They’re given meal money, but that’s it. That’s not a big issue for big leaguers who make, at the very least, six figures per season. It’s a very big issue for minor league players, who are generally paid less than the minimum wage and often have to work other jobs during the offseason just to live.

Spring training is over for the time being because of the coronavirus pandemic, which means players aren’t even getting meal money anymore unless they’ve elected to stay in camp and keep working out. And they can’t live on that forever. …

Rick Pitino To Return To NCAA Basketball As Coach Of This School — NESN.com

Rick Pitino will repatriate his basketball-coaching skills. Iona College athletic director Matt Glovaski told CBS’ Jon Rothstein the school will hire the legendary coach to lead its men’s basketball team next season. BREAKING: Iona will hire Rick Pitino as its next head basketball coach, per Gaels’ Athletic Director Matt Glovaski. — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March…

Rick Pitino To Return To NCAA Basketball As Coach Of This School — NESN.com

Brooklyn Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie proposes interesting playoff format — New York City Ticketron

Spencer Dinwiddie is proposing a March Madness-style NBA playoffs upon the league’s resumption, but we can take this idea even further. There is no telling how long the NBA’s current hiatus will last. The league is planning on reevaluating the situation in 30 days, but there’s no guarantee the league will be ready to resume […]

Brooklyn Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie proposes interesting playoff format — New York City Ticketron

Lakers faced unimaginable season together … now, they face it apart — Daily News

LOS ANGELES — Unlike many gyms in many places, the Lakers’ practice facility was not empty on Friday. But it wasn’t vibrant, either. On Wednesday, which turned out to be the last day of practice the Lakers will have for a still unknown stretch, the session wrapped up with banter, shooting games and laughter. Two…

Lakers faced unimaginable season together … now, they face it apart — Daily News

Dodgers weighing options amid coronavirus shutdown — Daily News

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers were in the process of counting heads and raised hands on Friday, trying to determine exactly where all of their players are headed now that they were granted the ability to choose from a number of options. After a Major League Baseball Players’ Association meeting on Friday regarding the coronavirus…

Dodgers weighing options amid coronavirus shutdown — Daily News

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Optimistic Stanley Cup Champion Will Be Crowned — NESN.com

The NHL is at a pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, but Gary Bettman is optimistic there will be a 2019-20 Stanley Cup champion. The NHL commissioner joined NHL Network on Friday and addressed the paused season, how there originally were plans to continue the season without fans until Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested…

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Optimistic Stanley Cup Champion Will Be Crowned — NESN.com

The NHL is at a pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, but Gary Bettman is optimistic there will be a 2019-20 Stanley Cup champion. The NHL commissioner joined NHL Network on Friday and addressed the paused season, how there originally were plans to continue the season without fans until Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Bettman even shared his thoughts about the Stanley Cup Final. According to Los Angele Times’ Helene Elliott, Bettman believes “we will be able at some point to get through the season and award the Stanley Cup.” When the season hit the pause button, the Boston Bruins were atop the NHL standings with 100 points and were in the midst of a stellar season after losing Game 7 of the Cup Final last June. Of course, only time will tell who the 2019-20 champion will be, if the season indeed is able to resume.

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/03/nhl-commissioner-gary-bettman-optimistic-stanley-cup-champion-will-be-crowned/