The NBA is expected to take the next steps toward a resumption of play by June 1.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, teams are expecting guidelines from the league office that would allow franchises to start recalling players who have left their markets, as well as expand workouts that are already underway with in-market athletes.
Wojnarowski and Lowe also report that NBA owners and NBPA elders believe commissioner Adam Silver will give the green light on a return to play in June, with games resuming before the end of July. The NBA and the players’ association are expected to have a meeting to discuss the logistics of a return to play.
The ESPN reporters add that the league’s resumption plan includes the initial two-week recall of players back into marketplaces for a quarantine period, one to two weeks of individual workouts and two to three weeks of formal training camp.
The NBA allowed organizations to re-open their training facilities on May 8, with many cautious guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Associated Press reported then that players would have to wear face masks inside facilities except when working out, and that any staff members present would have to wear face masks and gloves.
Only one player has been allowed in facilities at a time, and any strength and conditioning activities were prohibited if they require players and staff to be within 12 feet of each other.
The NBA led the way for other leagues when it suspended activities on March 11, after Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
Goodell says NFL was wrong for not listening to players – CTV News
NEW YORK —
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was wrong for not listening to players fighting for racial equality and encouraged them to peacefully protest.
One day after 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and several of his peers released a video demanding the league condemn racism, Goodell made his strongest statement on the issues many players passionately support.
George Floyd’s death has ignited nationwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality, issues former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began speaking out against in 2016 when he started taking a knee during the national anthem.
“It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country,” Goodell said in a video released Friday. “First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families who have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this country.
“Without black players, there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff. We are listening. I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.”
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MMA Fighting has UFC 250 results for the Nunes vs. Spencer fight card on Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nev., live blogs for all the main card, and live UFC 250 Twitter updates.
Check out UFC 250 results below.
Main card (ESPN+ pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Preliminary Card (ESPN and ESPN +, 8 p.m. ET)
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Report: NBA to test players every night upon return – TSN
The National Basketball Players Association informed players on Friday they will work with the NBA to conduct COVID-19 testing every night during the resumed season according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The testing will likely involved mouth swabs or light nasal swabs and not full invasive nasal swabs. Should a player test positive, they will quarantine for a minimum of seven days.
Sources: The NBPA informed players today that NBA/NBPA will conduct coronavirus testing every night during resumed season — likely mouth swabs/light nasal swabs and not full invasive nasal swab. Minimum seven days quarantine for a player if positive.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 5, 2020
Charania also reports the league does not plan to shut down the season should a player test positive for the coronavirus. Players are expected to stay inside the league’s bubble environment in Orlando, while families are allowed to enter after the first round of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Charania also reports the NBPA has unanimously approved a 22-team return to play format beginning July 31 at Disney World. The news comes one day after the league’s board of governors voted 29-1 to approve the NBA’s summer restart plan.
The league and the union will continue to work though a number of details in the next week on the Orlando resumption.
As for the 2020-21 NBA season, reports from earlier in the week indicated the league was planning on beginning the regular season around the start of December but Charania writes the NBPA believes this to be “unlikely.” Charania adds they plan to negotiate the date.
The league paused its season on March 11 after Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert was revealed to have tested positive for COVID-19.
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