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SEC football schedule 2020: League will play 10-game, conference-only slate beginning Sept. 26, per reports – CBSSports.com

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With college football schedules across the country in flux amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the SEC announced Thursday afternoon that it has moved to a 10-game, conference-only schedule for the 2020 season. The SEC is also pushing the start of its season to Saturday, Sept. 26, what was originally scheduled to be Week 4 of the 2020 campaign.

With the shift of the start of its season to Sept. 26, the SEC Championship Game will be pushed back two weeks to Saturday, Dec. 19. This creates flexibility amongst teams with two opportunities for makeup games as the adjusted schedule will feature a midseason bye week for each school and an open date for all programs on Dec. 12, one week before the title game.

It is unknown at this time how the SEC will fill out the additional two games of its conference-only schedule as the revised set of games will be announced by the league at a later date. SEC members traditionally play eight conference games each season: six inside their respective divisions, one permanent cross-division opponent and one rotational cross-division opponent.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said Thursday evening the SEC will maintain its two-division structure and not play the 2020 season as a single division, a model the ACC moved to on Wednesday. He also believes the SEC will factor “competitive fairness” into determining the two additional conference games that each team will play this season.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey explained the conference’s decision in a release:

“This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to allow for the safe and orderly return to campus of their student populations and to provide a healthy learning environment during these unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 virus. This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities. …

“We believe these schedule adjustments offer the best opportunity to complete a full season by giving us the ability to adapt to the fluid nature of the virus and the flexibility to adjust schedules as necessary if disruptions occur. It is regrettable that some of our traditional non-conference rivalries cannot take place in 2020 under this plan, but these are unique, and hopefully temporary, circumstances that call for unconventional measures.”

The 14 SEC presidents met virtually on Thursday to come to this scheduling decision one day after the league’s athletic directors proposed sticking with a conference-only model.

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The SEC joins the Big Ten and Pac-12 by deciding to play a conference-only schedule in 2020. The ACC announced Wednesday that it will play an 11-game schedule with 10 intraleague contests and one nonconference game.

It is unknown at this time how the SEC’s decision may affect the ACC’s scheduling plans considering four key nonconference rivalry games (Florida-Florida State, Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Kentucky-Louisville) will be lost by the SEC’s move. Auburn-North Carolina and Arkansas-Notre Dame were other SEC-ACC games scheduled this season. (The Fighting Irish are operating as a full-fledged ACC member in 2020.)

Other marquee nonconference games featuring SEC teams that will be lost this season include LSU-Texas and Tennessee-Oklahoma. (Alabama-USC was previously canceled due to the Pac-12’s scheduling announcement.) The Big 12 has not yet announced any firm plans for its 2020 schedules, though losing those games may affect its decision-making process.

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UFC 251 start time, TV schedule for Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal – MMA Fighting


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The UFC 251 start time and TV schedule for the Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal event at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night is below.

The fight card is broken into three different parts and airs on two different mediums. This post will help explain which fights are airing where and at which times.

The card kicks off with an eight-bout preliminary card on ESPN and ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET.

Undercard (ESPN/ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET)

Marcin Tybura vs. Maxim Grishin

Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo

Davey Grant vs. Martin Day

The card then moves to ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka

Elizeu Zaleski vs. Muslim Salikhov

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry

Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov

The main card will be on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway

Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo

Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas

Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant

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NBA schedule release: Afternoon basketball, an easy road from the Pelicans and other key takeaways – CBS Sports

Early on Friday, the NBA and the players association finalized a plan to resume the 2019-20 season on July 30 at Disney World in Orlando. Despite all of the concerns, ranging from health and safety, to basketball being a distraction from the social justice movement, all signs point to them playing basketball later this summer. 

While the whole thing is still somewhat hypothetical, especially with coronavirus cases surging in Florida, the plan has never felt more real than it did on Friday evening, when the league announced the schedule. All 22 teams invited to the bubble will play eight “seeding games” that will help fulfill regional TV contracts, make some money for the league and give teams and players a chance to get back in game shape before the playoffs. Essentially it’s playing out a shortened version of the rest of the regular season.

The seeding games will start on July 30, and run through Aug. 14. There will be a maximum of seven games per day, and just two of the three courts in use will be set up for national TV. With the schedule now set, here are some key takeaways:

Afternoon basketball

The league has just over two weeks to schedule eight games for 22 teams, all with only three courts available. With a real crunch on time and resources, and in an effort to maximize the audience for each game, the league is giving us a rare treat: afternoon basketball. 

Sure there will be games on during the afternoon on weekends during a normal season, but only a few here and there. On weekdays, the earliest tip-offs are almost always 7 p.m. ET. But due to the extenuating circumstances, games during the afternoon aren’t just a necessity but will be accessible to even more people, as work situations have changed dramatically across the country. Plus, with fans not allowed in the arena, getting more games on TV just makes sense. 

There will be at least one afternoon game every single day, except for July 30, which is the new “opening night.” The earliest scheduled game right now is a 12:30 p.m. ET tip-off between the Wizards and Thunder on Sunday, Aug. 9. 

All roads point to the playoffs for Pelicans

When the season was shut down, the Pelicans were 28-36, which put them 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. They would have had some major ground to make up down the stretch, but with an easy schedule and Zion Williamson’s arrival, many thought they had a real chance at pulling it off. 

Now that we know their schedule for Orlando, that feeling remains the same. The Pelicans have the easiest schedule based on opponent winning percentage. In fact, at .495, they’re the only team out of 22 with an opponent winning percentage that’s under .500. They’ll play the Jazz and Clippers to start, but then finish up with the Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards, Spurs, Kings and Magic

All told that’s six games against teams who are under .500, just three against teams currently in a playoff spot, and only one against an actual contender. Passing the Grizzlies in just eight games will be difficult, but they should have a chance of being within four, which would put them in a play-in tournament situation. 

The conspiracy theorists will suggest that the league set it up that way to get Williamson into the playoffs, and there’s no doubt that the league wants that to happen from a marketing standpoint. However, the Pels had the easiest remaining schedule prior to the suspension of the season, and the league tried to maintain that balance in Orlando.

National TV disparities

Obviously the league and the TV networks are going to want the best teams on TV more often than the bad teams. In general, that’s not a surprise, but even still, the disparity in national TV games is pretty interesting. 

The Lakers, for example, will have at least seven of their games on either ESPN, ABC or TNT. Up next is the Celtics with six, while other contenders such as the Bucks and Clippers have five each. On the other hand, you have teams such as the Wizards and Suns with zero such games on either of those channels, which is just another reminder that they shouldn’t even be there in the first place. 

Perhaps the most surprising notes in the national TV breakdown is that the Sixers have only two games on ESPN, ABC or TNT, and Luka Doncic and the Mavericks were limited to three. 

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CBS Fall 2020 Schedule Plots Return of Most Scripted Series Despite COVID-19 Production Shutdown – Variety

CBS is planning to bring back the vast majority of its scripted lineup come fall despite the ongoing production shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We believe and are hopeful that we can go into production at some point this summer and have most if not all of these shows on at some point in the fall,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl tells Variety. He went on to say that CBS is in contact with “other studios, guilds, unions, medical experts, city, county, and state officials” in order to determine best practices for restarting production as soon as is safely possible.

The move comes after Fox and The CW, the only other broadcasters to announce their fall schedules thus far, are seriously changing up their lineups with acquired series and other stop gaps in the event that full-scale production is unable to resume any time soon.

Kahl did not rule out the possibilty that CBS could adopt a similar approach should the network’s shows fail to restart production in time for fall launches.

“I’m not going to go into specifics but we have a lot of options at our disposal,” he says. “We’re getting pitches everyday on series, specials, acquisitions, and another benefit to this merger with Viacom is we have access to a lot more material should we need it.”

As the lineup currently stands, CBS is largely banking on stability. The lineups on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays remain the same as last season. On Wednesdays, “Amazing Race” returns to the fall, as the network delayed the original May premiere of Season 32 of the series back in April. “SEAL Team” will move to a new time slot at 10 p.m. on the night.

Along with returning series, CBS will air its new Chuck Lorre comedy “B Positive” and “The Equalizer” reboot starring Queen Latifah this fall. “B Positive” will air Thursdays at 8:30 as part of the network’s comedy block on the night, while “The Equalizer” will debut Sundays at 8. “Clarice,” the network’s only other new scripted series order to date for next season, will be held for midseason.

“Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” will lead into “B Positive” on Thursdays, while “The Unicorn” will move back an hour to 9:30.

Along with “Clarice,” other CBS shows held for midseason include scripted drama “SWAT” and the unscripted series “Undercover Boss.” In addition, CBS is planning to broadcast Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021.

Read the full CBS fall schedule below. All times are ET/PT. N=New series, NTP=New time period.

MONDAY


8:00-8:30 PM THE NEIGHBORHOOD


8:30-9:00 PM BOB ♥ ABISHOLA


9:00-10:00 PM ALL RISE


10:00-11:00 PM BULL

TUESDAY


8:00-9:00 PM NCIS


9:00-10:00 PM FBI


10:00-11:00 PM FBI: MOST WANTED

WEDNESDAY


8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR


9:00-10:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (NTP)


10:00-11:00 PM SEAL TEAM (NTP)

THURSDAY


8:00-8:30 PM YOUNG SHELDON


8:30-9:00 PM B POSITIVE (N)


9:00-9:30 PM MOM


9:30-10:00 PM THE UNICORN (NTP)


10:00-11:00 PM EVIL

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM MACGYVER


9:00-10:00 PM MAGNUM P.I.


10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS

SATURDAY


8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY


9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY


10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS

SUNDAY


7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES


8:00-9:00 PM THE EQUALIZER (N)


9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES


10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

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NFL 2020 schedule: Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans will kick off season on September 10 – CBS News

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The NFL announced Thursday night that the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, will kick off the 2020 season in a game against the Houston Texans on September 10 — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. 

The league debuted the entire 2020 schedule Thursday night, including another highlight on opening weekend: Tom Brady’s regular-season debut with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers’ new quarterback will face off against New Orleans’ Drew Brees on September 13 — the first matchup of two quarterbacks over the age of 40 in NFL history.

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The Chiefs, who won their first Super Bowl in a half-century last February, still have a logistical hurdle to overcome. The city’s baseball team, the Royals, will need to move their game scheduled for the same day, because the teams’ stadiums share parking lots.

The NFL schedule, not to mention offseason activities and the preseason, has to be considered tentative given the current prohibition on large gatherings.

But commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league is planning for a normal season — although it is making contingency plans.

“The league and the clubs have been in contact with the relevant local, state and federal government authorities and will continue to do so,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

The traditional Monday night doubleheader on opening weekend will have Pittsburgh at the New York Giants, which has a rookie head coach in Joe Judge, and Tennessee at Denver.

“The number one positive is we’re getting ready to play football, so that’s the biggest thing,” Judge said. “Once you get the schedule, it starts moving a little bit faster in your mind in terms of preparing for what’s in front of you.”

Top overall draft pick Joe Burrow and the Cincinatti Bengals start off against the sixth overall selection in April’s draft, Justin Herbert and the Chargers. The Bengals also will face the other highly rated rookie quarterback Tua Tagavailoa and the Dolphins in Week 13.

New England, without Brady at QB for an opener for only the second time since 2001, hosts Miami on the opening Sunday.

Thanksgiving games will feature Houston at Detroit, Washington at Dallas, and Baltimore at Pittsburgh — one of the league’s fiercest rivalries — in the night game.

Late-season Saturday games will be scheduled but with undetermined matchups for flexibility, something the NFL has done previously.

Certain to draw heavy early season interest will be the past two league MVPs, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, facing off in Week 3 on Monday night at Kansas City. The Chiefs and Ravens each have five prime-time games, as do New England, Dallas, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, defending NFC champ San Francisco, and the Rams.

Detroit and Washington have no prime-time outings.

There’s one Friday night contest, on Christmas, when Minnesota visits New Orleans.

Every team has two home and two away games in the first month of the schedule. The season ends January 3 with all divisional matchups, as in recent years. Then follow the playoffs, with the Super Bowl slated for February 7 in Tampa, Florida.

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