Rudy Gobert’s condition has improved, but the Utah Jazz star still feels plenty of regret. Gubert on Wednesday tested positive for the new coronavirus, upending United States sports as we know it. In the days since, two additional NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19, as did a young Rhode Islander who got Gobert’s autograph…Rudy Gobert Shares Positive Update On Coronavirus Condition In New Video — NESN.com
Christian Wood apparently knew something was off. On Saturday, the Detroit Pistons forward became the third NBA player to test positive for the new coronavirus, joining Utah Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. The Pistons and Jazz played each other Saturday, March 7, four days before Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test upended sports in the…Christian Wood Reportedly Showed Symptoms, Played Anyway Before Positive Coronavirus Test — NESN.com
The league has instructed teams to practice social distancing and end group activities that could enable the further spread of COVID-19.MLB memo tells teams to end organized workouts — HardballTalk | NBC Sports…
MLB sent a memo to all 30 teams in which the league said that teams should “avoid all actives in which players congregate in significant numbers.” The memo advocated that players, coaches and staffers engage in the social distancing practices advocated by the CDC. Evan Drellich has the memo here:Evan Drellich✔@EvanDrellich
The full memo Major League Baseball has sent to teams about spring training:
There’s a lot to unpack here. Non-roster players are being sent home unless travel is too great a risk or they live in a COVID-19 hotspot, or they are receiving medial treatment from the team. The memo also states that players on the 40-man roster must be allowed to stay at the facility if they choose to do so, and that they be given continued spring training allowances.
Yet the most telling nugget may be that the league anticipates that those players will decide to go home as the pandemic unfolds and they are given more information about the dangers of the disease. Indeed, the memo states in the opening paragraphs that future restrictions imposed by the government will likely further impede the sport’s ability to operate.
The moratorium on group activities extends to the teams’ facilities in the Dominican Republic, and some of the athletes at those facilities will be sent home.
Commissioner Rob Manfred will be hosting a conference call at 12:00 ET on Monday to discuss the new further discuss the ongoing crisis. Given the speed at which the pandemic is unfolding, there will likely be new matters to consider by that time.
The end to group activities comes as some players elect to stay in camp and work out, including the entirety of the Yankees’ roster. The instructions also come the same afternoon as the news that a minor leaguer in Yankees camp has tested positive for COVID-19
True North Sports + Entertainment is doubling down on its decision to shun its casual and part-time employees. Read MoreJets ownership doubles down on decision not to pay casual, part-time staffers — Winnipeg Sun
True North Sports + Entertainment is doubling down on its decision to shun its casual and part-time employees.
In a letter obtained by the Winnipeg Sun and sent to the company’s 1,050 casual and part-time staff on Saturday, TNSE reaffirmed its position on not paying its staff for the remaining four NHL games plus affected dates for the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, as well as other events such as concerts that have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The letter, signed by TNSE president and chief operating officer John Olfert, states that “for approximately 97% (of the 1,050 casual and part-time employees who worth at True North venues), income from True North is not their primary source of income.
“For this group, True North shared that the principle of paying employees when shifts are worked will remain,” the letter read.
The letter said for the other 3% of employees who count on the income for their livelihood, “other arrangements have and are being explored.”
The letter does not mention how TNSE arrived at the numbers it did.
It can be read in full here:
A third NBA player reportedly has tested positive for coronavirus, and the first from a team other than the Utah Jazz. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Pistons faced the Jazz last Saturday, and Wood had 30 points and 11 rebounds against center…NBA Rumors: Pistons’ Christian Wood Tests Positive For Coronavirus — NESN.com