mercurynews.com file photo: San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija winds up and has spoken out about the owners making it more about the money than the players safety
Headline Sports podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson:
#1 San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija is just about had enough of the MLB owners saying they’ll do anything to make a buck at the cost of the safety of the players.
#2 How bad is the look for the owners for their pushing 60 games on the players and the players are contractually obligated to play the games with great risk?
#3 The Oakland A’s team president David Kaval was upset over a letter drafted by the Sierra Club stating that environmental issues including parking, congestion, the railway system that surrounds Howard Terminal, no transportation to the park and other sticking issues to try and stop the A’s from trying to build.
#4 The A’s have reportedly are seeking to find a new radio station that would pick up their games for the 2020 season as they were originally going to stream all their games on Tune Ins but have been looking for a flagship to broadcast their games. The general manager of the A’s flagship station from 2019 860 KTRB has approached the A’s about returning. The A’s left because of KTRB’s right wing broadcast format.
#5 The Washington Redskins are under a ton of pressure to end their mascot name and after all the racial discussions in the country the heat has been turned up on Washington to dump the racist name can it really be true?
Jeremiah Salmonson does Headline Sports every other Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said that playing in Orlando would be safer than in Sacramento because of the safety guidelines set up by the NBA for employees and players (amazon.com/books/business file photo)
On Headlines podcast with Jeremiah:
#1 The Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said that playing at the Disney World bubble in Orlando is the best way to go and that Ranadive said he’s confident this is better than playing at home.
#2 There will be 22 teams at the Disney World bubble a 113 page outline describes how safety steps will be in place to guide the players and their families during this first time bubble format which includes mask wearing at all times, hand washing, and social distancing.
#3 The Kings are in a three way tie with Portland and New Orleans going into these last eight regular season games in Florida how much of a long shot would you say the Kings are from getting that last and final coveted eighth spot?
#4 Jeremiah the Kings had some rough goes during the season before the shutdown which included an eight game skid and also two five game losing streaks has there been enough time that has gone by that the Kings can make these last few regular games interesting?
#5 One other possible advantage is the Kings had eight players in double figures with points per game averages led by De’Aaron Fox 20.4 per game and Buddy Hield with 19.8 per game.
Jeremiah is a Sacramento Kings beat reporter and joins Sports Talk every other Saturday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
“The Bubble” know as the Walt Disney World Arena in Orlando home of the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals starting in July. No fans will be permitted during playoff games. (photo from http://www.tripadvisor.com)
On the podcast with Jeremiah:
#1 The NBA owners have approved to continue the 2019-20 season with support of 29-1 NBA teams with the Portland Trailblazers opposing to reopen.
#2 The plan now lies with the NBA players who will most likely approve to return. The pay package and going straight the playoffs after playing eight regular games is part of the plan.
#3 It’ll be a like a March Madness set up as the 22 teams will play under a bubble at Orlando’s Walt Disney World. With teams staying at the hotels and playing in the Disney World Arena with no fans in the stands and huge social distancing policies.
#4 Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wants to get the Warriors mini camp going as Kerr said, “We’d like to get together for some kind of mini camp or two. I’m thinking that the league will allow us to do something, especially given that 22 teams are gonna be playing and eight of us are not. I’m fairly certain the league will allow the other eight teams to do some practicing at some point whenever the time is right.”
#5 For the Sacramento Kings they will not have to face the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers (twice), Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Golden State Warriors. They also won’t have to face the Clippers, Nuggets, and Lakers (twice). How do you see the Kings chances.
Join Charlie O for Headline Sports every other Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
As the Oakland Coliseum sits empty the A’s organization refuses to pay for something their not using and didn’t pay the rent for the 2020 season to the Oakland Coliseum Authority (AP file photo)
On Headline Sports pod with Jeremiah:
#1 Jeremiah baseball negotiations is on between the players and the Commissioner and his staff as to how the 2020 season will start. Amongst some of the key concerns revenue sharing and how the players will get paid?
#2 Another concern is where the games will be played will baseball will they be in Arizona and Florida contained only to their spring training locations? Or will they play in their home parks which would mean more air travel involved and playing in front of empty parks?
#3 Baseball’s biggest concern is social distancing, no interacting with the fans, no high fives, celebrations after games, no sitting together in the dugout, and a new baseball must be in play after every closing play.
#4 Oakland Coliseum management said on Thursday that the Oakland A’s are using the Covid-19 pandemic to get out of their rent they said that they didn’t use the Coliseum in April and will not pay the $1.2 million they annually pay to the Coliseum.
#5 The A’s said they were of the understanding the Coliseum would be used and reserve for potential Covid-19 victims and housing them at the Coliseum where needed. With that understanding the A’s have said they can not pay rent. Coliseum Authority Board member Ignacio De La Fuente said, “It’s just an excuse to try to not pay when the city needs the money the most.”
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Former Houston Astro and now Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh said as a father and family man it’s risky to return to the game when there is no guarantee that there will be someone at the park or hotel that is asymptomatic or someone could get Covid-19 by someone who is a carrier in remarking about baseball’s possible return on July 1st (royalsreview.com file photo)
On Headlines podcast with Jeremiah:
#1 Jeremiah there has been talk that baseball could return July 1st meaning the players have to get ready by June and start the regular season in July. Critics of the idea include Dr. Anthony Fauci who said it’s too early and the spread of Covid-19 hasn’t flattened in many parts of the country.
#2 To open baseball it could start up you have all the excitement of it coming back but at what cost what if one person is a carrier then baseball would have to start from square one again.
#3 The idea of baseball coming back has excited the fans but it might turn out the closest fans will see baseball again is watching the Korean Baseball Organization which has been telecast live overnights on ESPN as America leads the world in Corona cases.
#4 Also the players might have their reservations about returning in July anyway the Boston Red Sox’ pitcher Collin McHugh shares his feelings saying that coming back with players or personnel having pre existing conditions and underlying conditions brings too much of a risk.
#5 California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday that sports may not be able to return in California until a vaccine is found. With that said things could very well be on hold for awhile.
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