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NCAA players are a step closer to profiting from the use of their name and likeness. Under a proposal the NCAA announced Wednesday that it will support, college athletes would be permitted to sign endorsement contracts and receive payments for additional work as long as their school is not involved in the payment process. A full NCAA vote to approve the measure is not expected for nine months. The plan calls for legislation from Congress and implementation by the start of the 2021 academic year.
The 2020 NFL Draft was the most watched ever, with more than 55 million U.S. viewers tuning in during the unique three-day event. That's a 16% increase from 2019, according to Nielsen figures for the coverage on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes and digital channels. Each day of the draft set new highs, according to a press release issued Sunday by the NFL. Thursday's first round drew more than 15.6 million viewers (up 37% from 2019), while more than 8.2 million watched Rounds 2-3 on Friday (up 40%) and more than 4.2 million watched Rounds 4-7 on Saturday (up 32%).
Tom Brady is still getting acquainted with his new surroundings after two decades with the New England Patriots. Brady entered the house of the wrong man in Florida last week when he was attempting to meet up with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. According to multiple reports, Brady was headed to Leftwich's home to pick up information related to the team's offense. Instead, Brady walked into a home owned by Leftwich's immediate neighbor, whose residence is similar in appearance.
Instead of looking at a lone, neutral location to host all NHL games when play resumes following the coronavirus pandemic, the league reportedly is considering a plan to have teams from each division play in a single site. Elliotte Friedman of Canada's Sportsnet wrote Tuesday that the four-city plan could be enacted with tripleheaders held daily at each site. The players association would need to give its approval for the strategy to be utilized. The NHL is not contemplating neutral-site games, according to Friedman.
Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has come out of retirement and been traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reunite with quarterback Tom Brady, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. The Buccaneers will reportedly send a fourth-round pick to the Patriots, who will send back a seventh-rounder with Gronkowski, who must pass a physical to complete the deal. NFL Network reported Gronkowski, who turns 31 in May, has been putting on weight for a return to football, after spending the 2019 season retired.
A city staff member had to ask new Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady to leave a closed public park where he was working out in Tampa, Fla., according to the city's mayor. "A lot of our parks staff, they patrol around just to make sure people aren't in there with contact sports and things," Mayor Jane Castor said in a virtual news conference on Monday. "(A worker) saw an individual working out in one of our downtown parks. She went over to tell him that it was closed, and it was Tom Brady. "So, there you go. He has been sighted."
The World Series of Poker joined the long list of events postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the annual Las Vegas summertime staple making the announcement Monday. WSOP executive director Ty Stewart is holding out hope that the tournament can be rescheduled at some point in the autumn. The WSOP had been scheduled for May 26-July 15 at the Rio Hotel & Casino.
LAS VEGAS — Vegas Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty is setting the bar high should the NHL resume play and determine a champion. "I think this will be the hardest Stanley Cup to win out of all of them. Look at all the obstacles," Pacioretty told the Golden Knights' website. "Who knows when we're going to play, where, fans or no fans, everything is up in the air.
The PGA Tour plans to use up to 1 million COVID-19 test kits in order to complete the season, the Guardian reported Sunday, April 19. A revised calendar was announced earlier this week, starting with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 11-14. The first four tournaments on the new schedule will be closed to spectators, but the Guardian estimates that 700 to 800 personnel will still be on site during the events.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached an agreement on 25% pay cuts for all players starting May 15, ESPN reported on Friday. The players are expected to receive their full paychecks on May 1, however. Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal to withhold the portion of each player's paycheck would allow for a gradual reduction in salary should the "force majeure" provision of the collective bargaining agreement be enacted if the remainder of the season is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.