|By Marc Lawrence — Per ‘The Athletic’, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made a sharp reversal on ESPN, retreating from a guarantee he made five days earlier that the 2020 season would take place and raising the possibility that the campaign would be canceled instead. Just five days earlier, in a different interview with the same network, Manfred said, “I can tell you unequivocally we are going to play Major League Baseball this year.” He put the chances then at “100 percent.” Meanwhile, Tony Clark, executive director of the Players Association, responded with a statement sharply critical of Manfred and MLB. “Players are disgusted that after Rob Manfred unequivocally told players and fans that there would 100 percent be a 2020 season, he has decided go to back on his word and is now threatening to cancel the entire season,” Clark said Monday. “This latest threat is just one more indication that Major League Baseball has been negotiating in bad faith since the beginning. This has always been about extracting additional pay cuts from players.” Since then the league made three straight offers that included pay cuts and all were rejected, prompting Clark to walk away from the table with a statement that “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.” Ugly Betty looks better than this mess. Read more here.|
After virtually blackballing Colin Kaepernick four years ago after kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reversed course. “Listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision. But I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that. If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities,” Goodell said in a statement while admitting the league was wrong for not listening to players earlier about issues around race and the systematic oppression of black people. Funny how it took a deadly knee to the neck of George Floyd followed by a stirring Black Lives Matter protest crusade to get him to come around. The real question, though, is not where will Kaepernick play, but if he still can play.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: The best team in the NFL since 1990 in games against opponents coming off its Bye Week is the Tennessee Titans at 18-12 SU and 19-10 ATS. On the flip side, the worst team is the Washington Redskins at 11-21 SU and 10-22 ATS. FYI: The LA Chargers are 0-10 ATS in their last ten meetings against foes coming off a Bye Week.