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Hump Day Sports Talk – Coronavirus, Dodgers, and more!

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Hey all – Steve here. I decided to bring back a weekly article similar to the one I used to do each Wednesday regarding what is going on in the world of sports. It’s been a while, but together we can make sure this happens every week. I will do my best to hold up my end of the deal, but I wouldn’t put money on it in Vegas. We have some weird shit to discuss this week, so let’s get to it.

Coronavirus’ impact on the world of sports

The Coronavirus is making its way around the world and now around the United States. It is wreaking havoc on our everyday life and is even impacting toilet paper supplies all over Australia. For many of us, everyday life includes sports and there are some major decisions to be made surrounding the world of sports and all major sports are now limiting the amount of media coverage – especially in the locker rooms. It has gotten to the point that the NBA owners have a conference call today to discuss what their next move should be. Per Brian Windhorst, there is nothing off the table and that includes suspending the season or playing in front of 25,000 empty seats every night. Now, I think we can all agree that there is more to life than sports (not much more), and the bigger picture here is that everyone is kept as safe as possible. NBA players around the league, including LeBron James, are saying how it would be disappointing to play in empty arenas and from the outside looking in, it would take a lot out of the game if there were no fans. It’s going to start with the NBA, so MLB needs to pay attention and start thinking about their response to this virus.

The other big thing to discuss here is that if the NBA proceeds with no fans, imagine the hit in potential revenue. For the playoffs in Los Angeles alone, it would be a hit of over $100 million in revenue loss. Remember that the overall revenue has an impact on what the salary cap will be the following year. I can’t wait to hear what was said on this conference call. More to come…

Side note – China suspended their basketball season and they are now looking into picking it back up at some point in April. Sign of things to come?

Dodgers MUST win the World Series

It is hard to have bigger expectations than the kind of expectations the Dodgers have in 2020. They have won their division for 7 straight seasons and have gone to the World Series 2 of the last 3 seasons. Now, one can argue (and Dodgers fans do) that both of those World Series losses were tainted. We have seen and heard all that has happened with the Astros, but we have yet to hear all that we need to hear about the Red Sox. Rumor has it we will hear more about the Red Sox this week. What’s done is done and I know it is hard to let go of something like this – I’d be FURIOUS if it was the Mets against proven and alleged cheaters. All that being said, it is the Dodgers in the NL and then there is everyone else. They already had a ridiculous lineup and they added former AL MVP Mookie Betts to the mix over the winter. While they have some starting pitching concerns, they should easily cruise to another 100+ win season and will likely win their division by 10+ games. The Dodgers either win the World Series in 2020 or the season is a lost one.

Are you taking the Dodgers to win it all this yr? Or taking the field? We will have our MLB predictions up in a couple of weeks!

Gronk to WWE?

What better way to make money and lower your risk of injury? If Gronk and the WWE agree to a deal, he wouldn’t be the first (or last) professional athlete to jump into wrestling. From names like LT, Shaq, Dennis Rodman, Karl Malone, William Perry, and Reggie White just to name a few – Gronk’s decision would not be an uncommon one. Not sure what he would be doing, but it is WrestleMania season (if there is one this yr). Wrestling nerds will no doubt start a feud with the coronavirus if it impacts Mania.

That’s all for this week. Here’s hoping that by this time next week, the coronavirus talk has subsided a bit, Tom Brady sends shockwaves throughout the NFL by leaving the Patriots, and Australia gets some damn toilet paper. Later!