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Minor League Baseball’s Cancelation Leaves Many Players in Visa Limbo

  • Across Minor League Baseball, 28% of the player base is born outside of the U.S.
  • "If the team has waived them or cut them or isn't paying them, then they're not in status, and they can't be here under the law," a legal expert said.

Minor League Baseball officially canceled its season in early July, formalizing the worst-kept secret in sports that baseball wouldn’t be played in many cities and towns this summer. For every player who loses a season, it’s a severe and a potentially fatal blow for their careers; for baseball players born outside the United States, the devastating impact is even worse. Any athlete who comes to the U.S. to play a pro sport must get a P-1 visa, known as the […]

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FIFA, U.S. Soccer Lay Out Next Steps in 2026 World Cup City Selections

  • The governing bodies will hold a virtual workshop with prospective host cities on July 7.
  • A delay in mandatory stadium inspections will push back host city announcements beyond next spring.

FIFA and U.S. Soccer will hold a virtual workshop with prospective host cities for the 2026 World Cup on July 7, as the governing bodies edge closer to finalizing the 10 U.S. locations that will host matches during the tournament. The original in-person workshop was scheduled to take place in March but was pushed back due to the coronavirus. Individual meetings with the 17 remaining host cities will also be conducted in the coming weeks. “This city selection process is […]

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Weekend Recap

While the NFL has trimmed two games from the preseason, the NFL Players Association board voted to eliminate the other two games as well. The recommendation might not be considered by the league, but it shows there is concern from the players about the prospect of getting into game shape and the risk of the spread of coronavirus as the season nears. In Other League News: — The NBA and NBA Players Association have agreed on 29 social statements that […]

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U.S. Welcomes Back Tennis Fans At DraftKings All-American Team Cup

  • For the first time since February, fans will be able to attend a tennis tournament in the United States during Fourth of July weekend at the DraftKings All-American Team Cup in Peachtree Corners, Ga.
  • Even under less-than-normal circumstances, tournament director Eddie Gonzalez still sees the possibility of all five match sessions selling out.

2020 has been a tough year for tennis players and fans alike. Two of the four Grand Slam events over the summer were drastically altered due to the coronavirus pandemic, with French  Open being moved from May to late September and Wimbledon being canceled outright. The U.S. Open will be held on schedule in August but with no fans in attendance, while other prominent U.S-based tournaments like the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open were canceled in March. Despite […]

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Independent American Association Kicks Off Professional Baseball

  • The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball will play a 60-game season with six teams, rather than its normal 12.
  • The independent league has hosted players like Max Scherzer, and its commissioner believes this year will contain the most talented ever.

With no Minor League Baseball in action this summer, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball will join Major League Baseball as one of the few professional baseball circuits operating in 2020. But that is not the only thing different this season according to commissioner Josh Schaub. The normally 12-team league will only have six teams participating – four with stadiums available – and attendance will vary based on local health guidelines. They will also attempt to fit 60 games […]

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NFL Tackles COVID-19

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  • The NFL has dropped two preseason games to provide teams with more on-field practice time.

The NFL preseason is officially trimmed to two games. Week one and week four of the preseason were removed, driven by a desire to give teams more on-field practice time as well as limit the amount of people traveling. The league had already planned to decrease the preseason to three games starting in 2021. While the league is making adjustments for play during the pandemic, players are reportedly split in how they’re handling the virus. Some have raised concerns about […]

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$150M Bubble

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  • Costs include feeding and housing the players, as well as entertainment.

The Orlando bubble is set to cost the NBA more than $150 million. The costs include housing the 22 teams and support staff at three resorts, as well as the rental of the seven practice courts and three arenas. The league also is providing all the meals, daily coronavirus testing, medical support, transportation, and entertainment for the more than 1,500 people who will be in the bubble at its peak. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said it’s important the league shoulders […]

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NCAA Round Up

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  • SEC Commissioner tells Senators even playing field needed with NIL.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey told U.S. Senators there needs to be a uniform law to regulate how NIL impacts collegiate athletics.  Sankey was part of a panel that addressed the Senate Commerce Committee as it reviewed the NCAA Board of Governors’ report on student-athlete compensation. The panel also included Mississippi Athletic Director Keith Carter and Ohio State’s President Emeritus Michael Drake. “Knowing the competition within my 11 states, I can foresee quickly the other 10 one-upping each other,” Sankey said. […]

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Voting Arenas

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  • LeBron James’ organization support large-scale polling places at arenas.

The idea of the “mega polling sites” to accommodate the expected large in-person voting turnout this fall during the pandemic now can count LeBron James as a supporter. James and his new More Than A Vote group are supporting the idea to help maximize Black turnout in November. James launched the effort last month alongside athletes like Trae Young and Skylar Diggins-Smith as well as entertainers like Kevin Hart. Several NBA arenas are in line to host voting sites, including […]

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Gymnastics Gyms Try To Maintain Balance Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

  • While some gyms in states like West Virginia and Arizona were allowed to stay partially open during the shut down, none have been able to operate at full capacity.
  • According to a survey from the Sport and Fitness Industry Association, 60% of fitness companies project that sales will not be back to pre-covid levels until 2021 or later.

As the coronavirus pandemic rampaged the country and forced non-essential businesses to shut down, First State Gymnastics put out a plea to their customers on their social media pages: please stick with us.  The post was a cry for help. First State Gymnastics had to close for two and a half months, and Slava Glazounov, the owner and head coach of the Delaware gym, said that he wasn’t sure they would be able to reopen. That would mean athletes like […]

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