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March 2020 Archives

All major sports take a timeout

Sports in the United States have followed the lead of the European leagues and other international organizations by calling time out. This is in light of COVID-19 spreading to the U.S. This is the first time since World War I that professional sports have paused for more than a week, as they did after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Sports adjusts to the coronavirus outbreak

There has been frightening news regarding the spread of Covid-19 (also known as the coronavirus). The death toll for this virus continues to climb in such far-flung locales as China, Iran and Italy with United States officials saying it is more of a matter of when the virus spreads here, instead of if the virus spreads here.

IOC says Tokyo games to proceed

The International Olympic Committee announced in mid-February that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would proceed regardless of the coronavirus outbreak. At the time, China was the primary locale for this flu-like virus. It has since spread into Europe, the Middle East and North America. Major sporting events (soccer, golf, cycling, track and field, rugby, tennis, formula 1 racing, and others) have been canceled or held in empty stadiums in Europe mainly but elsewhere too. Ostensibly, this prevents thousands of people from congregating and spreading this highly contagious virus.

Kobe Bryant's wife files wrongful death lawsuit

The tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash is likely one of the biggest tragedies of 2020. The final cause of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter’s crash into a hillside in Calabasas (of Los Angeles) amid heavy fog is not official. Still, lawyers for Bryant’s wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the aircraft’s owners and the pilot’s estate. There was no evidence that there was a mechanical issue that caused the crash.

NFL changes could mean more problems

One of the more interesting proposals in the ongoing collective bargaining discussions between the NFL and the NFLPA involves changes to the playoffs: principally, (i) an expanded 17-game season that would remove one of the preseason games; and (ii) expanding the playoffs to include 14 teams with only the number 1 seed getting a bye.

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