As the world of sports continues to suffer under the cloud of uncertainty that is the coronavirus pandemic, there are way more questions than answers. One question plaguing colleges is whether sports can resume if campuses are closed…
University of Washington football coach Jimmy Lake says he’d like the NCAA to step up and set a date for the nation. In a conference call of Pac-12 football coaches Tuesday, Lake said he would prefer for all major college teams to begin six week so preparation for the season at the same time.
He said, “I’m of the opinion it would be great if the NCAA made a blanket rule for the whole nation of when we would start, and I understand some states may be less hit by this than most…I believe the NCAA should step in and say, ‘OK, here’s the date when everybody can start.”
NCAA president Mark Emmert said that his organization will not go that route. He said he’s leaving the decisions on start dates to state officials and university presidents.
The problem lies when conference states vary on their approach to the pandemic. While Arizona is opening up to team sports, Oregon governor Kate Brown says sports probably won’t open up in her state until October. So just within the Pac-12 there are six states involved with six different approaches that could impact competitive fairness.
Of course, then there’s the question of whether sports can resume at colleges and universities where the campuses are closed to students. The universal feeling is that if campuses are closed, that means they’re closed to all, including athletes.
NBA players favor a return to play
The NBA players’ association polled its members Tuesday on whether they want to return to play this season. Apparently, the answer is yes…
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that a conference call between NBA commissioner Adam Silver and board of governors late Tuesday was positively leaning towards a return to play.
According to the article, owners and executives on the call were encouraged about the league’s progress toward minimizing health risk upon a return. They were also enthusiastic about results of a text poll of all 450 NBA players on their desire to restart the season.
It sounds more and more like the league, if it does resume, will be in a “bubble-isolation” plan in a “campus environment” will all players and teams in one location such as Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort or Las Vegas.
A decision on a return is not expected within the next two weeks.
MLB presentation to players on return to play results in hush
Things are pretty hush about Major League Baseball’s conference call with players yesterday about a plan to return to play…
The three-to-four hour meeting covered specifics of a plan to begin spring training camps in June with a shortened-season beginning around the 4th of July weekend.
According to sources, one large item that wasn’t discussed was an economic proposal, which is expected to be a sticking point. Major League owners gave the go-ahead Monday for a proposal that players receive the percentage of their 2020 salaries based on a 50-50 split of revenues.
At this point, it seems fans are much closer to watching NBA games than Major League Baseball. Neither of which would be in person until at least August or September.
Fred Page Cup final between Wenatchee and Prince George from 2018 is Thursday on NCWLIFE
And here’s a reminder of what’s still to come this week on NCWLIFE in terms of sports…
If you weren’t around the valley in 2018 you missed an incredible run through the playoffs by the Wenatchee Wild hockey team. Tomorrow night is the rebroadcast of Game 5 of the Fred Page Cup playoff series between the Wild and Prince George Spruce Kings. Arch Ecker has the call at 7 o’clock.
Friday’s Great Game of our Past features girls soccer from last October between Cashmere and Cascade.
Saturday’s doubleheader is all about baseball. First up is Wenatchee and Moses Lake baseball from May of 2017. Next up is Wenatchee AppleSox baseball from last July against the Portland Pickles.
Then on Sunday, watch last November’s State Girls Soccer playoffs between Eastmont and Mead at 2 followed by Wenatchee Wild hockey against West Kelowna from last October at 7.