Banning the media was an easy small, early measure to take. Quickly it became clear that it was just ceremonial in value. The concern we have is that pro sports could embrace the ban full time just to reduce the media annoyance. That would dumb, because it's the casual daily contact that allows guys covering the team daily to build the rapport with players they need to do their job well.
Baseball and hockey recovered fairly quickly from repeated work stoppages, within a few years. So I do not believe that a few months in hiatus under these circumstances will dramatically hurt the industry beyond the one-season hit. As noted earlier, we could see the NHL salary cap impacted. It was due to go up by a fair amount, which was timely for Pietrangelo. If it comes down instead, that will definitely cost him money. As for Flaherty, that guy is going to cash in BIG if he stays healthy. This stoppage won't change that.
I do not know about pandemic/natural disaster language in the various collective bargaining agreements. I'm sure worst-case scenarios are covered somehow, I assume the same is true to TV contracts, which are a huge revenue source for MLB and the NBA. As for budgets, yes, we could certainly see MLB owners reduce payroll for once or more seasons due to the loss of revenue. And the loss of revenue could lower the salary floor in addition to the salary cap for NHL teams.
I could see the NHL starting some sort of playoff in June. I'm sure there is exploration of arena dates into July, just in case. The NHL can't just leave that money on the table.
Minor league teams have a tough go for sure. A lot of the team payroll is covered by the NHL affiliate, but they still have a tough go. Just look at the year-to-year instability in the AHL for that. This stoppage does not help. And some NHL teams will be hurt for sure. Under past ownerships, the Blues would have struggled to overcome the sort of revenue loss we'll see this spring. But I believe the franchise is now strong enough to hold up against this storm.
College basketball can't play in June, or even late May. That's when the stars are making the rounds before the NBA Draft. Transfers are moving on to new schools to start classes and workouts there. Coaches move on to new challenges. Some seniors not headed to pro leagues would stick around to play, but otherwise legions of players and coaches are on the move.
Carlson hit .250 last spring in 44 at bats. That's not bad for his player his age at the time, but not enough to declare his arrival as a legit big leaguer.
This would be a good gesture for sure. But I am not holding my breath for something comprehensive on that front. And the people depending on games extends far beyond the arena to nearby restaurants, bars and hotels. And cities lose a ton of sales tax revenue as well.
Even Carlos at his worst is good enough to help this team. He can underachieve and offer more than the depth starters who would replace him.
It's unfortunate that the Marlin were refusing to move Yelich when the Cardinals were pushing hard for outfield help. But had the Cardinals passed on Ozuna and the Marlins kept Yelich, then fans would have lambasted the Cardinals for refusing to add a good hitter sitting there in a fire sale.
The 'Lanche definitely could use the break to full advantage. Among contenders in the West, they have the biggest injury woes. If we do see playoffs this season, teams may be a bit rusty but they should be far healthier than usual for postseason play.
For O'Neill, .219 with 14 strikeouts and just five walks does not scream "Job Won!" for left field. That's one more reason why it was unfortunate to see Munoz pop his hamstring and then walk out on the team. He showed up in shape, fared well early in the spring and had enough past MLB success to earn consideration for outfield work this spring.
It's Russia. If Putin says there is no viral threat, there's no viral threat.
I'm not sure of what the NCAA will do with its member leagues as far as lost NCAA Tournament revenue. That will be one of the stories worth following up on. The NHL does rely heavily on the gate so it could take the biggest shutdown hit -- but I do not know what sort of fees rebate (if any) the NBA or MLB has in their TV contract. Those hits could be huge. I believe the XFL will be OK because it showed enough to prove viable and it had a short season anyway.
Nor will I. But, yes, such gestures by rich players would be appreciated.
So when I am furtively checking TV monitors while dining with the wife at the local pizza joint and all I see are custom car auctions on the screen, what I am supposed to do with that?
Yes, I can see skipping the regular season and creating some play-in games for teams on the No. 7/No. 8 seed bubble.
I dunno . . . now we're forcing men out of their natural habitat into the general population. This could be dangerous, like flushing Grizzly bears out of the woods and allowing them to ransack doughnut shops.
No, commissioners serve at the leisure of the owners. If the owners get tired of their sport's commissioner, they can oust the guy contract or no contract. They do not have a divine to their gig. These things can be resolved with financial settlements.