It took Major League Baseball owners 10 days to send an economic proposal to the players’ association. It took the union about 10 minutes to reject it. The ability to play any semblance of a regular season depends on the ability of management and labor to reach an agreement. The season has been delayed because…MLB Players Disappointed by Owners’ Latest Contract Proposal — Variety
This comes after Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that professional sports teams can begin practicing and resume competition in New Jersey.Philadelphia 76ers To Begin ‘Phased Reopening For Voluntary, Individual Workouts’ At Camden Complex — CBS Philly
On Tuesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman explained plans for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Draft Lottery.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Breaks Down Plans for Playoffs — Prime Time Sports Talk
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced a plan to resume play with the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Bettman opened his statement by revealing that the 2019-20 season has been deemed complete; the next game played will kick off the playoffs.
The top four teams in each conference will claim automatic berths in the playoffs and will conduct a round-robin to determine seeding. Ties in these games will be broken by regular-season seeding.
Eight more teams from each conference (ranked by regular-season points percentage) will play in series that follow the playoff format. The winners of this round will play the top seeds in Round 1.
These matchups will go down as follows:
Penguins vs. Canadiens
Hurricanes vs. Rangers
Islanders vs. Panthers
Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets
Oilers vs. Blackhawks
Predators vs. Coyotes
Canucks vs. Wild
Flames vs. Jets
Bettman added that games will be played in hub cities, with the Western Conference playing in one city and the Eastern Conference playing in another.
The league has yet to determine which cities will be chosen, but Bettman did state that following cities are up for consideration:
Las Vegas, Nev.
Los Angeles, Cali.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
The first two rounds’ formats are up in the air, but the Finals will occur as a best-of-seven series.
Teams can return in early June with small-group gatherings on or off the ice, but full-team training camps won’t return until mid-July.
Finally, Bettman addressed the Draft Lottery, which could occur in two phases. The first phase will occur on June 26 with 15 teams eligible. These 15 teams consist of the seven not resuming play and eight blank slots for teams that are eliminated from the qualifying round. If a blank spot is selected for any one of the top three picks, Phase 1 will be canceled and Phase 2 will occur once the first eight teams are eliminated.
A lot remains to be seen regarding the future of the season, but there is growing optimism that the NHL’s resumption could cause the NBA and MLB to return soon.
The Oakland A’s will follow the lead of other baseball teams hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic by instituting widespread furloughs across their organization next week, the team confirmed Tuesday. The A’s will furlough members of their baseball operations as well as their business operations through Oct. 31. In all, half of the A’s…Coronavirus: A’s set to furlough scouts, half of their front office — Times-Standard
Europe’s top basketball league canceled the remainder of its season Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying health concerns had to be paramount despite numerous attempts to find ways to resume play. The EuroLeague, which is composed of 18 teams across 10 European nations, had been suspended since March 12. League officials said they “explored […]Basketball’s EuroLeague cancels season because of virus — New Delhi Times
The 2020 Major League Baseball season is on pause, but that didn’t prevent the Boston Red Sox from honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Red Sox went on with their Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park on Monday without any players, coaches or fans in attendance at the ballpark. With the American flag…Watch Red Sox’s Moving Memorial Day Tribute At Empty Fenway Park — NESN.com
The 2020 Major League Baseball season is on pause, but that didn’t prevent the Boston Red Sox from honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Red Sox went on with their Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park on Monday without any players, coaches or fans in attendance at the ballpark. With the American flag draped over the Green Monster in left field, Medford, Mass. native Robert Bean, a retired member of the United States Marine Corps and National Guard, performed “Taps” in honor of those who lost their lives defending the U.S. You can watch the tribute in the video below: Today we salute, honor, and remember those who sacrificed everything for our nation. #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/apY3Oxh86S — Red Sox (@RedSox) May 25, 2020
Georgetown basketball coach and former NBA great Patrick Ewing has been released from the hospital and is recovering from COVID-19 at home, his son said Monday.Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19 — 8News
Last week on the Hoops Adjacent podcast, hosted by David Aldridge and Wosny Lambre, Dallas Maverick coach Rick Carlisle voiced his optimism that the NBA season would resume this summer: It just feels like things are moving in what I would characterize as a ‘generally good direction’, in terms of our ability to test, control […]“We’re going to find a way to make this work”: Rick Carlisle is optimistic about this season and the future of the NBA — e Things To Do
The Angels have opened Angel Stadium and their minor league facility in Tempe, Ariz., for limited workouts for players on the 40-man roster, general manager Billy Eppler said on Monday. Eppler also said the team would “prefer” to hold its formal workouts in Anaheim, instead of Arizona, if and when teams are cleared to begin…Angels open facilities for limited workouts, ‘prefer’ to hold second spring training in Anaheim — Daily News
Mike Singletary was a Hall of Famer on the football field, but duplicating that success while standing on the sideline has been difficult for the former 49ers head coach. The 61-year-old’s latest coaching struggles ended with him resigning as a high school head coach in Texas after leading Trinity Christian-Addison to a 1-21 record over…Ex-49ers coach Mike Singletary resigns high school job after one win in two years — Times-Standard