Robinson Cano Banned for 162 Games After Positive P.E.D. Test

The Mets’ second baseman will miss the entire 2021 season after a positive test for a synthetic steroid — his second doping violation.

#baseball, #cano-robinson, #doping-sports, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-mets

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Kim Ng, Baseball’s First Female General Manager, Has Been Ready for Years

The pioneering baseball executive proved herself — over and over — for three decades. Several of her peers say they can’t think of a more qualified first-time general manager.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #baseball, #jeter-derek, #major-league-baseball, #miami-marlins, #ng-kim, #torre-joe, #women-and-girls

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Shane Bieber and Trevor Bauer Win Cy Young Awards

Bieber, a right-hander for Cleveland, led all major league pitchers in several statistical categories, and Bauer, a right-hander for Cincinnati, wasn’t far behind.

#baseball, #bauer-trevor, #bieber-shane-1995, #cincinnati-reds, #cleveland-indians, #cy-young-award, #major-league-baseball

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As Owner of the Mets, Steven Cohen Is ‘Doing It for the Fans’

While saying the team won’t spend like “drunken sailors,” Cohen spoke boldly of the team’s future. “I’m not in this to be mediocre.”

#alderson-sandy, #baseball, #cohen-steven-a, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-mets, #wilpon-jeff

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Jeff Luhnow Sues Astros for $22 Million

In a $22 million lawsuit, Houston’s former general manager claims that the actual culprit of the team’s cheating scandal is still employed by the club.

#baseball, #cheating, #houston-astros, #luhnow-jeff, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Steven Cohen, Justin Turner and Alex Cora Were All Shown Mercy on Friday

The era of outrage took a timeout as Steven Cohen took over the Mets, Alex Cora was rehired by the Red Sox and Justin Turner escaped punishment for a controversial on-field celebration.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #baseball, #boston-red-sox, #cheating, #cohen-steven-a, #cora-alex, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-mets, #turner-justin-1984

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Baseball Had a Successful Season. The Tricky Part Is Doing It Again.

A much longer season, pandemic uncertainty and an expiring collective bargaining agreement are just a few of the hurdles M.L.B. and its players’ union are facing in 2021.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #collective-bargaining, #halem-daniel-r, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

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What These Athletes Learned From Their Pandemic Pauses

The coronavirus disrupted lives around the world and sent the gymnast Sunisa Lee, the swimmer Rudy Garcia-Tolson, the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Lewis on unexpected journeys.

#baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #garcia-tolson-rudy, #gymnastics, #lee-sunisa-2003, #lewis-kyle-1995, #major-league-baseball, #olympic-games-2020, #paralympic-games, #seattle-mariners, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #swimming, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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An Open Letter to Justin Turner and M.L.B.

Turner could not have been unaware of the pandemic’s severity when he insisted on celebrating his World Series win in close quarters with his Dodgers teammates. And Rob Manfred, baseball’s commissioner, can’t just blame one player.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #turner-justin-1984, #world-series

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Looking Back on Baseball’s Silent Season

Empty stadiums, player protests and Covid-19 outbreaks shook up the sport. Maybe that’s a good thing.

#baseball, #chicago-white-sox, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #houston-astros, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball

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Justin Turner Was Pulled From Game 6 After Positive Virus Test

The positive test was announced on the broadcast after the end of the game, which the Dodgers won to clinch the World Series title.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #turner-justin-1984, #world-series

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With Title in Sight, the Dodgers Are Armed and Ready to Get Creative

Los Angeles has a wealth of pitching options for two more potential World Series games. If the club can get the combination right, it could mean the end of a long title drought.

#baseball, #buehler-walker-1994, #gonsolin-tony-1994, #kershaw-clayton, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #playoff-games, #roberts-dave-1972, #tampa-bay-rays, #urias-julio-1996, #world-series

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Sports Came Back in 2020. Now Comes the Hard Part.

Aggressive coronavirus testing made the restart of professional sports possible, but the financial pain of empty arenas lingers and plans for next year are up in the air.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-mavericks, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Early Virus Scares Kept the M.L.B. Season on Track

With the season’s finish line in sight, M.L.B.’s medical director said the outbreaks among the Cardinals and the Marlins this summer were a “wake-up call” that ultimately helped the sport.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #globe-life-field-arlington-tex, #major-league-baseball, #miami-marlins, #playoff-games, #st-louis-cardinals, #world-series

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Black Players Continued a Mentoring Tradition Amid a Pandemic

When this year’s minor league season was canceled, several veteran African-American M.L.B. players got on Instagram and set up Zoom calls to pay forward the guidance they received.

#baseball, #black-people, #detroit-tigers, #granderson-curtis, #major-league-baseball, #maybin-cameron, #mentors, #minor-leagues, #players-alliance, #sabathia-c-c

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Genies updates its software development kit and partners with Gucci, Giphy

Genies, has updated its software development kit and added Giphy and Gucci as new partners to enable their users to create personalized Genie avatars.

The company released the first version of its sdk in 2018 when it raised a $10 million to directly challenge Snap and Apple for avatar dominance. Now, with the latest update, the company said it has managed to create a new three dimensional rendering that can be used across platforms — if developers let Genies handle the animation.

Genies has already managed to sign up many of the biggest names in entertainment to act as their official manager through their Genies talent agency. These include celebrities like Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, and Rihanna. Genies also locked in deals with the National Football League’s player’s association along with Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association.

Now, those celebrities and athletes can monetize exclusive digital goods made by Genies on platforms like Gucci and Giphy and the fashion house and meme generator can now give users their own digital identity to play around with.

“Over the past year, our technology has been sharpened by the exacting creative demands of celebrities. This advanced Genies’ march to be the go-to avatar globally,” said Akash Nigam, Genies CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “What was previously a celebrity exclusive experience, is now broadly available for consumers to use as their virtual portable identities. By opening up to the masses, we’ve now created an opportunity for tastemakers to forge new, unique relationships with their audiences through avatar digital goods.”

The SDK integrations are still highly curated and tailored (there’s a lot of heavy lifting that Genies needs to do with each one). For instance, Gucci users can try on the latest designs and the company will sell digital goods on its platform created by Genies. Giphy users will use their avatars as gifs on its site and through its distribution network.

“Our Avatar Agency has served as the go-to platform for thousands of artists, and with our next-gen, highly expressive and dynamic 3D Genie, we will further solidify our position as the universal digital identity,” said Izzy Pollak, Director of Avatar SDK at Genies. “For celebrities and everyday users alike, it unlocks new arenas and verticals for users to cultivate their avatars in. On top of traditional 2D environments like mobile apps and websites, Genies can now live in AR/VR platforms, games, and in use cases or SDK partner platforms that demand a 360-degree rendering of the digital goods they purchase,”

#akash-nigam, #animation, #apple, #avatar, #films, #genies, #giphy, #gucci, #justin-bieber, #major, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-association, #national-football-league, #player, #snap, #tc

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How Women in Major League Baseball Found Support in a Group Text

In 2019, Jen Wolf felt a lack of support for women like her trying to find work in professional baseball. The group chat she started has become a rare place for mentoring and understanding.

#balkovec-rachel, #baseball, #coaches-and-managers, #hiring-and-promotion, #major-league-baseball, #minor-leagues, #nakken-alyssa-1990, #wolf-jennifer, #women-and-girls

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Dodgers and Braves Have Won With the Home Run. Can They Win Without It?

They were the top two teams in hitting the long ball. But Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, which will host the N.L.C.S., has proved to be stingy.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #globe-life-field-arlington-tex, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #playoff-games, #roberts-dave-1972, #snitker-brian-1955

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A developer of therapy devices for athletes is now worth $700 million thanks to superstar backers like Naomi Osaka

A crew of high-wattage celebrity athletes have teamed up to invest $47.8 million into Hyperice, a developer of medical devices designed to help players and fitness buffs recover after workouts or games.

Backing the company are some of the biggest names in baseball, basketball, football, surfing, and tennis including: Seth Curry, Anthony Davis, Rickie Fowler, DeAndre Jordan, Jarvis Landry, Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Ja Morant, Naomi Osaka, Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, Ben Simmons, Kelly Slater, Fernando Tatis Jr., J.J. Watt, Russell Westbrook, and Trae Young. 

The new investment gives the Irvine, Calif.-based company a valuation of $700 million, according to a statement from the company, and will be used for sales and marketing and product development, the company said.

And it wasn’t just the players that came on as investors behind the sports medicine tech developer. The investment arms of the nation’s biggest sporting leagues are also backing Hyperice. That group includes 32 Equity, which leads strategic investments for the NFL’s 32 Member Clubs; OneTeam, an investment group for the players’ associations representing baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and tennis; and the NBA itself.

The financial advisory and investment firms, Main Street Advisors and SC Holdings led the round, according to a statement.

Alongside its new cash, Hyperice has inked some key partnerships as the official recovery technology partner of the NBA and UFC leagues.

Image Credit: Hyperice

“We started Hyperice not only to help improve athletes’ performance and longevity, but to offer the same level of technology to everyday people,” said Anthony Katz, the company’s founder, in a statement. “Over the years, we have developed strong relationships with the athletes that use our products every day. Bringing them into the company as investors was a natural fit because of the authentic connection the athletes have with our brand.”

The next big push for the company is a software service to monitor and manage an athlete’s performance and recommend optimal rest and recuperation times based on information coming from integrated wearable devices and services like Apple Health and Strava, the company said.

“Since I’ve started using Hyperice, I’ve realized how crucial recovery is to getting the most out of my training and preparing my body for competition,” said tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, in a statement. “Hyperice has improved my body and overall health and I know will be fundamental to having a long and healthy career, which is why I invested and want to use my platform to encourage every athlete to take recovery seriously.”

#apple-health, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-association, #national-football-league, #nfl, #strava, #tc, #ufc

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LeBron James Is Mr. October This Year

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has his team on the brink of a championship at an unusual time, in an unusual year. The former Yankees star Reggie Jackson is watching.

#adebayo-bam-1997, #basketball, #butler-jimmy, #davis-anthony-1993, #jackson-reggie-1946, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #major-league-baseball, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #new-york-yankees, #playoff-games, #rivers-doc, #spoelstra-erik, #vogel-frank, #world-series

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Charles Haeger, Former MLB Player Suspected of Killing Ex-Girlfriend, Found Dead

The authorities said they had been looking for Charles Haeger since Friday, when his former girlfriend was fatally shot in her home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

#arizona, #baseball, #breed-danielle-d-2020, #chicago-white-sox, #flagstaff-ariz, #grand-canyon-ariz, #haeger-charles-1983, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #scottsdale-ariz

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Oakland Get a Playoff Shot at the Astros

The A’s got their first postseason series victory since 2006, and they will now face a Houston team that has become their nemesis.

#baseball, #chicago-white-sox, #houston-astros, #major-league-baseball, #oakland-athletics, #playoff-games

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Live MLB Playoffs Scores and Tracker Updates

The expanded postseason format for 2020 produced an unprecedented schedule of games on Wednesday: Eight games, four of them with a team in danger of elimination.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball, #playoff-games

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Baseball’s September Madness: 8 Postseason Games in One ‘Crazy’ Day

“It’s going to be mad,” Astros Manager Dusty Baker said of an unprecedented playoff marathon on Wednesday.

#baker-dusty, #baseball, #espn, #major-league-baseball, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #playoff-games

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With Wilpons Set to Cede Control, the Mets End an Era of What-Ifs

After his entanglement in the Madoff Ponzi scheme, the longtime Mets owner Fred Wilpon vowed to fight to keep his team. He did, but the scandal altered the course of his reign.

#baseball, #brooklyn-dodgers, #doubleday-nelson-jr, #katz-saul-b, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-mets, #phillips-steve, #playoff-games, #valentine-bobby, #wilpon-fred, #wilpon-jeff

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Home-Field Advantage Won’t Matter This October. Did It Ever?

With Major League Baseball holding the postseason at neutral sites, the games will lack their usual raucous atmosphere. But recent history suggests playing at home doesn’t make much of a difference, anyway.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #world-series

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Pandemic, Unrest, Fires? An M.L.B. Rookie Still Smashes Home Runs

Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners is a top contender for the American League Rookie of the Year Award in a shortened season upended by postponements and delays.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lewis-kyle-1995, #major-league-baseball, #oakland-athletics, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-giants, #seattle-mariners, #wildfires

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Yankees Clinch Playoff Berth in Pandemic-Shortened Season

Despite a loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees are in the postseason because of baseball math dictated by a loss by the Seattle Mariners.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #boston-red-sox, #bronx-nyc, #cole-gerrit, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-yankees, #playoff-games, #world-series

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As Steve Cohen Closes In on Mets, Discrimination Claims Cast a Shadow

As M.L.B. owners consider whether to approve Cohen as the new owner of the club, several complaints filed by women at his company loom as potential sticking points.

#baseball, #bonner-lauren, #cohen-steven-a, #discrimination, #hedge-funds, #major-league-baseball, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #new-york-mets, #point72-asset-management-lp, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls

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Derek Jeter Puts His Tampa Home On the Market for $29 Million

“It’s definitely not a casual house,” according to the broker, “but it’s very livable.”

#brady-tom, #jeter-derek, #luxury-goods-and-services, #major-league-baseball, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tampa-fla

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Keeping Score: A No-Hitter by Alec Mills Cannot Be Cheapened With an Asterisk

Fans have debated whether this season’s records should count. But baseball’s official historian insists this year’s achievements — including Alec Mills’s no-hitter on Sunday — are as real as any other.

#baseball, #chicago-cubs, #frick-ford-c, #major-league-baseball, #maris-roger, #mills-alec-1991, #thorn-john

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When Player Protests of the Kenosha Shooting Halted the Sports World

A walkout by pro athletes brought several sports to a halt on Wednesday night, and raised the volume on a conversation they were eager to have.

#basketball, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Two Mets Games Are Postponed Because of Coronavirus Cases

Two positive tests for the virus within the organization led to the postponements of Thursday’s game in Miami and Friday’s game against the Yankees at Citi Field.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-baseball, #miami-marlins, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #st-louis-cardinals

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Thom Brennaman, Reds Announcer, Is Suspended for Homophobic Slur

The announcer, Thom Brennaman, apologized for his remarks, and said, “I don’t know if I’m going to be putting on this headset again.”

#baseball, #brennaman-thom, #cincinnati-reds, #discrimination, #fox-sports, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #major-league-baseball

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What Live Sports Are Missing Without Fans in the Stadiums

While live sports are back, spectators are not in most cases. We asked readers what they were missing as fans in the stands.

#barclays-center-brooklyn-ny, #baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #washington-nationals

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If a Dunk Echoes Across an Empty Gym, Is It Still Must-See TV?

Fans have long been prized by leagues for their big spending on tickets and overpriced beer. Now, amid the pandemic, spectators deserve appreciation for making sports entertaining.

#major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television

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Sure? No. But Rob Manfred Is Still Optimistic About This Season.

“We can continue to do this in a way that’s safe,” M.L.B.’s commissioner said of completing the campaign, despite two outbreaks so far.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #miami-marlins, #playoff-games, #st-louis-cardinals

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The Weird, Disturbing (and Comforting) Return of Pro Sports

The swirl of conflicting emotions about the return of sports, and whether it will last, seems apt for these turbulent times of pandemic and social unrest.

#baseball, #basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #cespedes-yoenis, #chapman-aroldis-1988, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-anthony-1993, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #kay-michael, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Why One Team Named the Indians Won’t Be Changing Its Name

A minor league team in Spokane, Wash., has steadfastly stood by its nickname with the support of the local Native American community.

#baseball, #cleveland-indians, #harjo-suzan-shown, #major-league-baseball, #mascots, #names-organizational, #native-americans, #spokane-wash, #uniforms, #washington-football-team

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‘Everyone Can Do Better’: Baseball Searches for Blame Amid Outbreaks

Major League Baseball’s commissioner put the onus on players to behave more responsibly, but some players and health experts see weaknesses in the league’s safety protocols.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

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Baseball Is Playing for Its Life, and Ours

An outbreak of infections soon after reopening has struck a blow at more than just the Marlins.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #major-league-baseball, #miami-marlins, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Another Game Postponed With 4 More Coronavirus Cases for Cardinals

Three staffers and one player for the St. Louis Cardinals tested positive for the virus, prompting the postponement of a game Saturday against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #major-league-baseball, #milwaukee-brewers, #st-louis-cardinals

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Cardinals-Brewers Game Postponed After St. Louis Records Coronavirus Positives

Baseball’s outbreak spreads to a third major league clubhouse. Three Friday night games have been postponed.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #major-league-baseball, #miami-marlins, #st-louis-cardinals

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Baseball in Empty Stadiums Is Weird. How Will It Affect Outcomes?

Players, coaches and analysts of all stripes are watching this season’s games to see what effect — if any — the absence of fans has on the games themselves.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #statistics

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‘Bubbles’ Are Working. But How Long Can Sports Stay Inside?

The restricted, campuslike environments used by soccer and pro basketball have proved (mostly) impervious to the coronavirus. But not every league fits inside one.

#baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #espn-wide-world-of-sports-complex, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #quarantines, #soccer, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Even With an Early Outbreak, Baseball Still Has a Path Forward

The sport is grappling with the wisdom of continuing the season after the coronavirus infiltrated the Marlins’ roster. But many players remain committed to playing.

#baseball, #boston-red-sox, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-baseball, #miami-marlins, #rodriguez-eduardo-1993

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M.L.B.’s Botched Return Could Be a Warning for the N.F.L.

Baseball’s coronavirus outbreak is a cautionary tale for a league returning without sequestering players. It may be too late for the N.F.L. to change plans.

#chung-patrick-1987, #coronavirus-reopenings, #duvernay-tardif-laurent, #football, #hightower-donta, #major-league-baseball, #national-football-league

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How Does the Coronavirus Affect Sports Betting?

No more home-field advantage, and some teams have better shots at a title given changes to playoff formats.

#baseball, #gambling, #hockey-ice, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #stanley-cup

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Bezos, Cook, Pichai and Zuckerberg Prepare For Grilling

The bosses of four tech giants are preparing to defend themselves at a congressional hearing against claims of anti-competitive behavior.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #company-reports, #cook-timothy-d, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #major-league-baseball, #pichai-sundar, #solomon-david-m, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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‘A Big Correction’: Pandemic Brings Change to ‘Bloated’ Ad Industry

The marketing business is going through a period of innovation as it sheds workers and tries to hold on to clients.

#advertising-and-marketing, #chipotle-mexican-grill-inc, #company-reports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #major-league-baseball, #read-mark-marketing-executive, #visa-inc, #wpp

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