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NCAA IN UNCHARTED WATERS

By Marc Lawrence — This is the first time of the men’s or women’s basketball tournament that it has been canceled. The NCAA Men’s Tournament was held every year since its inception in 1939. The NCAA Women’s tournament has been held every year since it began in 1982. Here are the three other major sporting events were canceled that the NCAA Tournament still occurred were: 1940 Summer, Winter Olympics due to World War II … 1944 Summer, Winter Olympics also due to World War II … 1990 West Coast Conference tournament, due to the sudden death of Loyola Marymount player Hank Gathers … Safe to say we are in unchartered waters.

Stat Of The Day

The 2019 NCAA Tournament brought in $867.5 million in television and marketing rights. Talk about an economic impact.

Grinding Out The Profits

Bill Barnwell of ESPN recently ran through every significant free-agent signing and trade across the first two months of the NFL offseason. He hands out a grade for each move from the team’s perspective. The grade tries to estimate a player’s chance of outplaying the contract he signed given his history and the track record of similar players, as well as whether the team could have used the money more wisely given its specific situation. Grades come in as ESPN confirms various deals, and they’re subject to change later in March as more of the specifics are realized about the actual structure of contracts and what really is and is not guaranteed. His most recent observations include: Josh Norman, CB, Buffalo Bills – Norman struggled throughout his time in Washington and hasn’t been an above-average corner since his breakout season with the Panthers in 2015. His defensive coordinator there was current Bills coach Sean McDermott, and while Norman’s breakup with Carolina wasn’t pretty, the Bills are unsurprisingly betting that their culture and coaching will be able to unlock something closer to the Norman who was a first-team All-Pro that season … Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers – Went undrafted in 2017 and had been a super-efficient runner in 2017 and 2018, but he wasn’t particularly efficient in 2019. The Western State product made up for that by adding gobs of value in the receiving game, where he averaged 10.8 yards per reception and came within 7 yards of a 1,000-yard season. In terms of value added as a receiving back, Ekeler and Christian McCaffrey were in a pack of their own … to read more click here.
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