first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – New York State’s Public High School Athletic Association has announced that low and moderate risk winter sports can soon begin play.Low and moderate risk winter sports include bowling, gymnastics, indoor track and field, skiing and swimming and diving.The athletic association says those sports can start play as soon as November 30.However, activities deemed high risk have not yet been giving the green light. The group says they will continue to examine their feasibility, although, authorization from state officials is still needed.last_img read more


first_imgMajor League Baseball and the Major League Players Association reached a tentative agreement Thursday evening on key economic issues in hopes of salvaging the majority of the 162-game season, multiple media outlets reported, even if it means playing the World Series in late November at a neutral site.On a phone call with upward of 80 players on Thursday, the union voted to accept MLB’s latest proposal, ESPN reported. MLB owners are expected to ratify the deal on a 9 a.m. PT call on Friday.The deal reportedly includes a commitment from MLB and the players to play as close to a full regular-season schedule as possible, with games in October and a postseason in November, providing the COVID-19 crisis dissipates and permits them to even start a season.The two sides reportedly would like to play at least 100 games, including weekly doubleheaders if needed. The sides have also discussed the idea of expanding the current playoff format to help offset the loss of income, while acknowledging that if cold weather becomes an issue in November, they could move the World Series and playoff series from cold-weather cities to a neutral site. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter In the deal, MLB has the right to shorten the 2020 draft to five rounds instead of its normal 40, according to The Athletic. Additionally, it can delay the start of the international signing period until as late as January 2021. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The biggest issue in the negotiations was service time, and the two sides agreed that if there’s a season of any length, players would receive credit for a full year as if it was a normal 162-game season, meaning players entering the final year of their contracts such as recently acquired Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, Cincinnati pitcher Trevor Bauer, Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman, Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto and others would become free agents in November regardless of whether games are played. And if the season is canceled, players will receive the same service time they accrued in 2019.In addition to the service time issue, because the season will clearly be shorter, the arbitration rules will be adjusted so players are not penalized for putting up counting stats that don’t stack up to past comparables from 162-game seasons.The union also agreed not to sue the league for full salaries in the event that the 2020 season never takes place, and MLB will advance players $170 million over the next two months, ESPN reported. The MLBPA will divvy up the lump sum among four classes of players, with the majority of it going to those with guaranteed major league contracts. If games are played, the advance will count against final salaries, which will be prorated.A transaction freeze reportedly will go into effect when owners make the deal official that bars teams from signing free agents, trading players and making roster moves.Related Articles Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies MLB also can shorten the 2021 draft to 20 rounds as well as push back the 2021-22 international signing period to January 2022 through December 2022, per an ESPN report.Even if it means playing in stadiums with no fans in attendance, MLB’s best hope is to start the season around June 1, and no later than July 1, simply picking up the original schedule when it resumes, but MLB is following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Once teams are given permission to begin working out again, it’s possible that instead of returning to their spring-training sites for a minimum of two weeks, players will work out at their team’s own home ballparks, reducing further expenses, and expediting the start before the new Opening Day. Teams reportedly will open the season with expanded rosters for the first month as well, and instead of having 26-man rosters, increasing to perhaps as many as 30.It remains unknown how long MLB and the union would be willing to play with no fans permitted in the stands or how they would adjust the unplayed schedule to make it equitable for all teams.last_img read more