Weekend Local Roundup: Sports Update

Weekend Local Roundup: Sports Update

Marquette Crusader senior Sean Kissell  was named to the 2020 Tri-County All-Conference Basketball Team.

NFL players are moving forward with a new collective bargaining agreement.  The Players Association approved the new deal with league’s owners, ensuring NFL labor peace through at least 2030.  The agreement clears the way for a 17-game regular season as early as 2021. It also expands the playoff field from 12 teams to 14 as soon as next season.  

The franchise tag deadline for NFL teams is today.  The league and the NFL Players Association agreed last week to extend the deadline to today at 11:59 a.m.  The teams will be permitted to contact the agents for pending free agents in an attempt to work out a deal.  The new league year starts Wednesday.

The Bulls and Blackhawks are stepping up to pay “day-of-game” employees at the United Center through the remainder of the originally scheduled season.  The future for approximately 12-hundred United Center workers has been uncertain since the NBA suspended its season last week after a player tested positive for the coronavirus.  The NHL and other leagues followed suit the next day. Both the Bulls and Blackhawks had seven home games remaining on their schedules.

The Cardinals are trying to keep busy with the start of the season up in the air.  MLB canceled Spring Training and delayed the start of the regular season by at least two weeks because of the pandemic.  A group of St. Louis players have remained at the club’s facility in Jupiter, Florida for informal workouts. Plans are also in the works for players who leave camp to stay in baseball shape at home.

The Boston Marathon is among the latest sporting events to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak.  The world’s most famous foot race was postponed Friday and rescheduled for September 14th.  The Boston Marathon was originally slated to be held on April 20th.

The Masters golf tournament is being postponed due to the coronavirus threat.  The PGA cancelled events last week leading up to the season’s first major, but then said Friday The Masters is off as well.  Augusta National hopes to be able to play at a later date.