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By Marc Lawrence — It’s ESPN’s contention that the upcoming NHL playoffs could be the best ever. The 24-team tournament is “candy for the sugar-starved.” Aside from the sport coming back, just over 77% of the teams in the league will be involved. The Carolina Hurricanes will welcome back Adam Pelech to the blue line. Why is that important, you ask? They’ve gone 25-10-3 with him and 10-13-7 without him. Meanwhile, higher seeded teams do not own discernable advantages which could impair the 100-point Boston Bruins and the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Still, the re-seeding of teams will be new and exciting, and we’re likely to witness betting like we’ve never seen before. And empty arenas with black canvas looks will be all new, too. No one knows what it’s going to look like, but we can’t wait for the games to begin. Click here for more.
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ESPN reports that a faction of NBA players held conference calls to discuss uncertainty about restarting the season in the Orlando, Florida, bubble, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association are agreeing on a plan that would allow players to stay home without consequences, sources told ESPN. There were 40 to 50 players on conference calls over the past 24 hours discussing a number of concerns centered on the restart in Orlando, but there has been no formal petitioning to the NBPA from any group wanting out of the 22-team resumption, sources said. Players are citing a number of concerns, including family situations, the inability to leave the Disney World Resort campus, the coronavirus pandemic, the implications surrounding the emergence of social justice causes in the country, sources said. Participants in Orlando – including players – will not be allowed to leave the bubble environment without a 10-day quarantine upon their return to the Disney grounds, sources said. The league started withholding 25% of players’ paychecks on June 15 because of the force majeure provision in the collective bargaining agreement that will repay teams for canceled games. Stay tuned.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reportsChicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has averaged 208.6 passing yards per game in his 41 NFL starts, with a wobbly QB Rating of 85. That storyline will continue more so this season with Nick Foles now challenging Tribusky for playing time. With the offense badly in need of a fresh coat of paint, new OC Bill Lazor and OL coach Juan Castillo will hope to put the paint where it ain’t.
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