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Video- When Will It Be Safe To Return To Sports

via TSN's YouTube page,

Dr. Alan Drummond of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians shares his take on when he thinks it’s safe for North American sports to return to action. Drummond joins Rick Westhead and Scott Mitchell to give his outlook on COVID-19 and how sports leagues should be moving forward.

 

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One Expensive Hockey Stick

from TMZ,

Hockey fan?! Ridiculously rich?! Listen up if you wanna own a piece of sports history, 'cause a 170-year-old hockey stick -- estimated to be worth MILLIONS -- just hit the auction block.

The stick -- one of the first-ever made -- is believed to be from the time period between 1850 and 1870 ... as the game of hockey was being invented.

Here's the deal ... in 1980, a couple -- Gary and Germaine Morse -- discovered the one-of-a-kind stick sitting in the closet of a Vermont home they recently purchased.

The Morse's had no idea what the stick was worth ... so they had it assessed.

The value, according to the expert fine art appraiser?

3.5 MILLION DOLLARS!!

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Video- “Tough Guy” Hockey Cards

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

In the debut edition of Hockey Card History, Ken Reid takes you through the 10 best/most sought after "tough guy" hockey cards in his extensive personal collection.

 

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Are You Ready To Be Scanned?

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Will You Go To A Game?

from Matthew Fisher at Global News,

Even if professional leagues are finally given a green light to resume play this autumn, how many fans will be comfortable having their kids sit cheek by jowl with strangers when there has been and will be much discussion about the likelihood of second and third waves of coronvirus infections?

Beyond that, there is the question of how many fans will be able to shell out $100 or $200 for a good ticket. Millions of Canadians and Americans will still be on the dole this fall. Their top priorities will clearly be food and rent.

Furthermore, corporations, which pay wild prices to entertain clients in luxury sports boxes, will have great difficulty justifying such costs if they manage to survive until the fall. They will be preoccupied with getting fresh financing from beleaguered banks and ways to restart their businesses by recalling employees who are already desperate to start getting a paycheque again.

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Morning Line- Hemal Jhaveri

I haven't seen any league rushing to get back to playing .  Have you?

The fact that leagues are willing to rush their athletes into scenarios that would compromise their health and safety is not just unconscionable, but frankly ghoulish. Athletes aren’t a disposable commodity, yet they’re certainly being treated as such. Their value has always been in relation to the amount of money their bodies are able to generate, yet the virus has laid bare just how gruesome the exchange is. Players will do anything for a chance to play, yet that shouldn’t be the bottom line at the moment. The excessive measures every league would have to take to make sure games happen with even the illusion of safety just proves how far away we actually are from things starting back up again. 

-Hemal Jhaveri of For The Win where you can read more on this topic.

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You Have To Think The NHL Is Thinking The Same Thing As The NBA

from Zach Braziller of the New York Post,

Hope of resuming the NBA season is fading as even a shortened postseason may not be possible due to the coronavirus.

“It is clear that the NBA is angling to set up a deal that enables them to shut the season down,” ESPN insider Brian Windhorst said Friday on “SportsCenter.”

“They don’t have to do that yet. The way they’re negotiating, they’re leaving an option either way. But they’re not having talks about how to restart the league. They’re having financial talks [regarding player salaries] about what would happen if the season shuts down. I think there’s a significant amount of pessimism.”

There was talk of restarting the season in Las Vegas and using UNLV’s campus as a way to create what would amount to a bubble of people who have tested negative for the virus.

But the Chinese Basketball Association tried a similar idea to no avail. The virus did not go away.

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Afternoon Line- Dr. Allen Sills

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A Sports Czar?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It could be a heckuva job for somebody. Or a few people.

An absolutely enormous task, to be sure. But a necessary one, quite probably.

As we imagine how North American sports are possibly going to get themselves back on track with their respective seasons, it seems abundantly clear that if they attempt to do so solely by following their own individual plans it’s going to create one spectacular logistical and scheduling nightmare.

That means that instead of recouping lost dollars from the current suspension of play due to the coronavirus crisis, these teams could end up hurting each other even more by furiously competing for the same sports entertainment dollar in a severely compacted schedule.

Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense for these sports to work together to ensure maximum profitability for one and all? And couldn’t they get together and nominate an individual or individuals to work as a central office to help North American sports get rolling again in a logical manner?

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Bauer Now Producing Medical Shields

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN.

The hockey manufacturing company Bauer had been winding down business in both of its North American manufacturing facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the company figured, if it couldn't provide helmets and skates for elite athletes, perhaps it could use its resources to help doctors, nurses and other first-responders in the medical field.

Bauer is now producing medical shields that could be delivered to hospitals as soon as next week. By Wednesday morning, Bauer had orders come in to its Quebec facility for more than 100,000 units across Canada, according to Bauer CEO Ed Kinnaly.

The company is also looking to provide for the United States.

"In the U.S., honestly, the word is not out yet." Kinnaly said.

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