Leagues and Governing Bodies

Jimmie Johnson leaves door open to running more IndyCar events

Daily / Friday, April 16, 2021
Jimmie Johnson is "switching gears this year and launching a second career as a rookie in the 13 road races" in the NTT IndyCar series, and while for now he will not race on ovals or attempt the Indianapolis 500, he is "leaving that -- among others --...

Browns players join NFLers boycotting in-person voluntary workouts

Daily / Friday, April 16, 2021
Browns players, led by NFLPA President JC Tretter, have "joined the growing list of those from other NFL teams to announce that they'll boycott in-person voluntary workouts, which are set to begin on Monday," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. Players from the...

Cherington, Hoyer express excitement, support for MiLB rule changes

Daily / Friday, April 16, 2021
Pirates GM Ben Cherington "can’t wait to see what happens" with experimental rule changes this season at the minor-league level, which he "described as the sport’s very own 'lab,'" according to Jason Mackey of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Cherington "supports much of what" MLB consultant Theo Epstein has said, but...

WNBA looks to build on momentum of bubble season with virtual draft

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
The WNBA will host a virtual draft for the second consecutive year, beginning tonight at 7:00pm ET on ESPN, "hoping to build on the league’s momentum as teams return to home markets for the league’s 25th season," according to Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the L.A. TIMES. The league’s "motto for...

NBA GMs, health officials continue blaming schedule for injuries to stars

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
Several NBA GMs and team health officials said that the unorthodox and compressed schedule "has led to a rash of injuries around the league, with several teams fearing player health had reached a boiling point," according to Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com. These concerns have been voiced by a number...

MLB once again using minor leagues to test generational rule changes

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
The Atlantic League will move the pitcher’s mound back 12 inches from home plate this season, one of the "most stark rule changes proposed by baseball leadership in a generation," and it comes amid "sweeping changes on the minor league level designed to reduce home runs and strikeouts...

MLB continues push to increase Black leadership on Jackie Robinson Day

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
MLB is celebrating Jackie Robinson Day today and tomorrow, but the "number of Black players in the game tell an ugly story," according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. There were only 64 Black players on Opening Day rosters, as the "progression needle remains stuck for nearly...

NASCAR expanding internal diversity efforts with new alliances

Daily / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
NASCAR today is internally announcing a range of new alliances and formation of employee resource groups in the diversity, equality and inclusion space. The relationships focus on the Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American/Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ communities. Aligning organizations include the Women’s Sports Foundation, Latino civil rights group UnidosUS, LGBTQ+...

Some NBA teams blame condensed schedule for injuries to star players

Daily / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The NBA's "grind of a season, marked by its numerous game postponements, endless health and safety protocols and arenas that were mostly empty for months, has been overtaken by injuries to marquee players," and while it is not clear that this season's unique factors are driving injuries,...