Sports Budget for Sunday, March 15, 2020
Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC)
^NFL players vote to pass the new CBA by a margin of 1,019 to 959 — and that means a 17-game season. Here’s what else to expect with the new deal.<
The new agreement, which will run through the 2030 season, also ensures playoff expansion to 14 teams will happen in 2020. It increases players’ revenue share to at least 48%. And it improves working conditions for players by increasing roster sizes, reducing padded training camp practices and putting new caps on practice times.
The owners don’t have the option to expand the season to 17 games until at least 2021.
750 by Colleen Kane. MOVED
^As major sports shut down, one vulnerable group follows — and it might not recover<
BBO-BUSINESSES-CORONAVIRUS-SPORTSPLUS:LA — The Catch is one of the most beloved restaurants in Anaheim, adjacent to Angel Stadium and the City National Grove theater, and down the street from Disneyland, Honda Center and the Anaheim Convention Center.
“In the epicenter of Orange County’s sports and entertainment venues,” the restaurant’s website reads.
Those venues all went dark. On Friday, so did The Catch.
Civic officials have long parroted “If you build it, they will come” as an economic development plan, not a movie tagline: Build a sports venue, and restaurants and shops will spring up around it.
1050 by Bill Shaikin in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Mark Gonzales: Baseball stopped after 9/11 and because of the 1994-95 strike. But this stoppage from the coronavirus is different.<
BBO-GONZALES-COLUMN:TB — Two rows of workers feverishly pushed small lakes of water off the spacious Sloan Park grass parking lot in hopes of providing somewhat tolerable conditions in preparation for Thursday’s exhibition between the Dodgers and Cubs.
Their efforts were admirable, and the unseasonably wet, cool Arizona weather eventually will give way to the comfortable conditions fans have anticipated and enjoyed for decades at spring training.
But unlike the 9/11 attacks that suspended regular-season games for
650 by Mark Gonzales in Mesa, Ariz. MOVED
^Dave Hyde: In a world without sports, Marlins Man asks ‘what will I do?’<
Imagine poor, poor Marlins Man.
No one will miss more games coming up due to the coronavirus pandemic. He canceled plans to follow two favorite teams, Kansas and Florida State, in March Madness. He canceled reservations for the Final Four in Atlanta.
He won’t use his five tickets for the March 26 Miami Marlins opener behind home plate between singer Marc Anthony and actor William Levy, same as last year.
^Minor leaguer tests positive for COVID-19; MLB asks teams to halt group workouts<
The recommendations were issued after a minor league player on the New York Yankees tested positive for the coronavirus — the first known case in baseball. The minor leaguer, whose name was not released, was tested after notifying the club of a fever Friday morning, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
500 by Jorge Castillo. MOVED
^Jeff McLane: Only a global pandemic could stop the Eagles from signing a free-agent cornerback (Byron Jones)<
FBN-MCLANE-COLUMN:PH — It seems inconsequential to write about NFL free agency in the shadow of a global pandemic, but the Eagles desperately need able-bodied cornerbacks.
Even the coronavirus, it seems, won’t stop them from signing a free-agent cornerback when the new league year opens Wednesday. The NFL, of course, could delay the start of free agency, but it continues to insist that business will remain uninterrupted.
For now, the probability that the Eagles could dramatically transform their roster in days exists.
1050 by Jeff McLane in Philadelphia. MOVED
^Tom Brady to Chargers? Ryan Tannehill’s extension could clear path for move to L.A.<
The Titans were considered to be one of the other possible landing spots for Brady in free agency.
As it stands now, based on the consensus speculation, the Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders are the two most popular destinations if Brady does leave after 20 seasons in New England.
200 by Jeff Miller. MOVED
^Ravens set to acquire Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell for fifth-round pick<
^FBN-RAVENS-CAMPBELLO:BZ—< The Ravens have agreed in principle to acquire Jacksonville Jaguars star defensive end Calais Campbell in a trade that would send Jacksonville a 2020 fifth-round pick, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Sunday.
Campbell, 33, was due a $15 million base salary this season, the last year of his Jaguars contract. But the Ravens are finalizing a new two-year deal through 2021 worth $27 million, including $20 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network, which, along with ESPN, first reported the trade.
850 by Jonas Shaffer in Baltimore. MOVED
^Banner: NFL likely to postpone free agency because of coronavirus outbreak<
“I think it’s most likely that they’re going to push it back,” said former Eagles president Joe Banner. “I think what they’ll do is announce some modest postponement subject to further review.
“But they also could say, ‘Listen, we don’t really know when we’re going to do it. We’re going to keep an eye on things, and when the moment seems more appropriate, we’ll start (the league year and free agency).'”
450 by Paul Domowitch. MOVED
^Ira Winderman: If the playoffs were to start now would be logical next NBA step<
As it is, the NBA playoff field — if there are to be playoffs — essentially is set.
In the Eastern Conference, the No. 8 Orlando Magic have a 5 1/2-game lead over the No. 9 Washington Wizards. In the West, the No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies have a 3 1/2-game lead over the No. 9 Portland Trail Blazers.
650 by Ira Winderman. MOVED
^Dan Woike: NBA title hopes hang in limbo for Lakers and Clippers<
BKN-WOIKE-COLUMN:LA — They all walk onto the court for their first NBA game in essentially the same way, full of nerves and excitement, a head full of dreams, some realized and some to come. The beginnings are about joy and promise.
The endings? Those can be ugly.
Nothing is promised once the journey starts — that’s as clear as ever right now.
This summer, the Clippers and the Lakers forfeited their draft futures for the present — to acquire Anthony Davis and Paul George, to sign Kawhi Leonard — and a chance to win an NBA championship.
800 by Dan Woike in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Ira Winderman: No brooms for Heat, or Round 2 of Butler vs. Warren<
^BKN-WINDERMAN-COLUMN:FL—< The team flight typically would leave Miami International Airport at 3:30 p.m. In this case, on Sunday, the destination would have been Milwaukee, for the start of a three-game trip.
It arguably could have been one of the most intriguing trips of the season, going for a sweep against the Bucks at the start and then Jimmy Butler-T.J. Warren Round 2 at the end, with the previous meeting in Indiana showing that kiss didn’t always mean make up.
These are the types of stories that now — at least until the NBA shutdown is/if lifted — will go untold.
800 by Ira Winderman in Miami. MOVED
^David Beckham and family visit empty Inter Miami Stadium on day of suspended opener<
SOC-INTERMIAMI-BECKHAM:MI — Major League Soccer is suspended for at least 30 days due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that didn’t keep David Beckham from showing up at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Beckham took his wife Victoria and four children Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, Harper — to the empty 19,000-seat venue, where the team he co-owns had been scheduled to make its historic home debut against his former team, the Los Angeles Galaxy.
500 by Michelle Kaufman in Miami. MOVED
^Sideline Chatter: March Madness sure has different meaning this year<
Or, as Faber College’s one-and-done lottery pick put it: “Four months of college down the drain.”
And no NBA, NHL or baseball for a while, either, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
So, if you just got back from a weeklong mountain retreat — and feel the urge to ask, “Did anything happen while I was gone?” — please have a seat.
1000 by Dwight Perry. MOVED
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