By Marc Lawrence — The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association announced Friday the approval of the league’s 24-team return-to-play plan and a four-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement. After two weeks of training camp, teams will travel to one of two hub cities (Toronto and Edmonton) on July 26. A qualifying round will start Aug. 1 and include the 16 teams playing eight best-of-five series to determine who advances to what the league is calling the Stanley Cup playoffs. The four top seeds in each conference (including the Capitals in the East) will play a three-game round robin to determine seeding. The playoffs, which will be best-of-seven series, are slated to start Aug. 11 and the conference finals Sept. 8. The Stanley Cup finals are tentatively slated to start Sept. 22, with Oct. 4 as the last possible day of the series. Players will undergo daily coronavirus tests, symptom checks and temperature screenings while in the hub cities. A series of testing protocols will follow the tests. Nonetheless, 10 main questions still linger about the opening. Read them here.
As COVID-19 continues to raise its ugly head, we mentioned yesterday that Mid American Conference football teams will lose $10.5 in payments from the Big Ten due to the cancellation of non-conference games this season. Here is the breakdown, according to the USA TODAY: Bowling Green was due $2.2M for playing Ohio State, and $1M for playing Illinois. Central Michigan was set to get $2.15M from Nebraska and Minnesota. Buffalo was in line for a $1.8M payday from the Buckeyes. Kent State was to receive $1.5M Penn State, while Central Michigan and Toledo were guaranteed $1M for contests scheduled against Nebraska and Michigan State respectively. And then there payments scheduled for 26 other non-conference clashes (excluding Notre Dame). With it, loan officers are standing by.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: The Los Angeles Chargers are 0-10 ATS in its last ten games against an opponent coming off its Bye Week. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-5 ATS in the same role. Meanwhile, Green Bay is 13-2 ATS versus foes off a Bye Week win, while Miami is 6-0 ATS against opponents coming off a Bye Week SU underdog win. Don’t fall asleep on these numbers.