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Sports Have Been on Pause. It’s Time for a Reboot. – The New York Times

By The Sports Desk

Illustrations by Eden Weingart

July 22, 2020

In every sport, athletes and teams use the timeout to strategize and, if needed, to reboot. They catch their breath. They regroup. They correct weaknesses and alter game plans.
Now the entire sports world has had the ultimate timeout, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reconsider its product before the games resume. Now is the time for bold improvements — or whimsical ones. How should each sport rethink itself moving forward?

Here are some ideas for how to improve baseball, basketball, football, hockey, tennis, golf, and soccer. We’d also like to .

Realign all leagues and conferences with quick travel in mind.

Long flights are bad for the environment and potential incubators of illness. Create better geographic clusters to resurrect and build intense rivalries. (You, too, college sports, you conference-sprawling mess.) Picture a California-only division in baseball, or the Jets and Giants in the same division.

Overhaul the way sports are watched.

It’s time to modernize ordinary television viewing beyond the elevated sideline views and muffled crowd noise we’ve had for decades. Put more overhead cameras on cables. Put tiny cameras on players, and even on officials. Mic up everyone. Sure, give it an R rating and use a seven-second delay so opponents don’t steal plays. But immerse the fans in new and inventive ways.

Simplify the rules that always create controversies and explain them.

The average fan can no longer accurately say if something is a catch in football, a travel in basketball, a balk or a checked swing in baseball, a legal check in hockey, an illegal tackle in soccer. If you can’t adequately explain and consistently enforce the rules, rewrite them in a way in which you can.

Make fields and courts bigger, or remove some players, and give the artists more canvas on which to create.

Many of the field dimensions and team sizes in sports go back to an era when athletes were not as fast, big and optimally trained. Imagine the much-loved Olympic-size rink for the N.H.L., a wider court in the N.B.A., the use of the alleys in singles tennis, or a 10-on-10 N.F.L.

Speed up the game, but for real.

Eliminate mound visits. Reduce warm-up pitches. Stick to two-minute gaps between innings. Keep batters in the box and pitchers on the mound.

Limit the incentive to substitute by reducing game-day rosters.

There are nine players to a side, but baseball has 26-man rosters. Why not have a reduced game-day roster, like the N.F.L. and N.H.L., chosen before each game. Maybe 18? Then we’ll see how many pitching changes are really necessary.

Eliminate the designated hitter.

The momentum seems to be moving toward a D.H. in both leagues, but baseball is a more strategic game when pitchers hit, and there’s no reason pitchers can’t be good hitters. (Most were stellar hitters in their youth, and, really, there’s not enough time for batting practice in those four days between starts?) Force managers to make hard decisions. Your best hitter can’t play the field? Prop him up somewhere and work around it.

If you own a team that finishes last in the division three years in a row, you and your family must divest entirely.

But the team stays put.

If leagues can have a salary cap, they can have a concessions cap, too.

Tie ticket and concessions prices to the team’s current record or its last championship. Last place? Your beer is a buck.

Enforce the strike zone that is in the rule book.

Children are taught that strikes are from the knees to the nipples, but major leaguers cannot handle anything above the belt? Get batters swinging. And if umpires cannot do the job consistently, move to automatic ball-strike technology.

Encourage bat flips.

There is nothing in the rulebook prohibiting bat flips and fist pumps — just your grandfather’s old-fashioned sense of decorum.

Make the bases bigger.

Just a few inches will decrease the distance between bases and help bring speed back into the game.

Give outfielders a chance to make over-the-wall catches.

Mandate that every stadium have a gap between the fans and the outfield wall to prevent fans from interfering with home runs. The highlights industry thanks you in advance.

Every team must have a mascot.

That means you, Yankees, Dodgers and Angels. And those sausage and president races (and electronic races on the scoreboard) must have a payoff for the fans. Assign a favorite, and then give out food if it wins.

You wouldn’t cut away from the climax of a movie, so why keep doing it during a big game?

More than other major sports, the N.B.A.’s drama is mostly found in the final two minutes — a span that can take 20 minutes in real time. The N.B.A. is addressing this, slowly, by limiting late timeouts. But keep the cameras rolling, and the audience in the arena, with no commercials.

What’s more thrilling than a 3-pointer? How about a 4-pointer?

Players like Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry have stretched the floor and the imagination by being efficient scorers from beyond 30 feet. Reward them.

Create a soccer-style cup competition.

Take the best thing about college basketball — the N.C.A.A. tournament — to the pros by creating a knockout competition to run concurrent with the dog days of January and February. With 30 teams, a handful of first-round byes produces a neat 32-team bracket. Knock five games off the regular-season to account for it, and play it over three weekends. Cap it with a grand final four at a neutral site, and call it the Kobe Bryant Cup, since the soccer-loving Bryant would have reveled in it.

Make “posterize” more than a metaphor.

Players dunked on memorably must be made into actual posters, to be handed out to children at the next game.

Allow hanging on the rim after a dunk.

If you hang on the rim after a dunk, sure, great flex — but you only hurt yourself by not getting back on defense.

Reseed the playoffs after every round.

The N.B.A. postseason is, essentially, a predetermined bracket, not unlike the N.C.A.A. tournament or a tennis major. But when upsets happen, the bracket remains rigid. Follow the N.F.L. and reward regular-season success by reseeding after each round, always pitting the remaining team with the best record against the team with the worst.

The trophy tour should not be limited to hockey.

One of the coolest traditions in sports is the one in which the Stanley Cup spends one day with every player, coach, trainer and manager from the winning team. Champions everywhere should be afforded the same privilege. Imagine N.B.A. players and their social-media accounts during a day with the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Lose headset communications.

Limit the interaction with the sidelines and press boxes, where coaches overscript the action, and put athletes back in charge of the action. Better yet: Let quarterbacks call all the plays, drawn in the dirt. (Note: Need dirt.)

Get serious about helmet technology and brain injuries.

Every shot to (and from) the head must be penalized — even “accidental” ones — until they’re rare. And it’s long past time that the N.F.L., which admits to the game’s damaging effects on brains, invests fully in a moonshot-type reimagining of the helmet. The hard shell was designed decades ago to prevent skull fractures, not concussions. Go full marshmallow?

Eliminate the kickoff, which adds nothing but time and an increased risk of violent collisions.

Any decent N.F.L. kicker is a guaranteed touchback, anyway.

Allow an untimed play as an alternative to the onside kick.

Owners tabled this proposal last month after robust discussion. For teams wanting the ball back, an untimed fourth-and-15 play from their 25-yard line would spice up late-and-close situations, allowing skill — and not, say, the vagaries of a bouncing, prolate spheroid — to help decide games.

Make every draft virtual, eliminating war rooms and green rooms.

The N.F.L. draft, especially, is an extravagant, made-for-television spectacle, which is why the scaled-back edition from April felt more captivating, wholesome, authentic and, yes, watchable. Give us more coaches in their basement and more dogs, and fewer bro-hugs with Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Close the Pandora’s box of instant replay.

If there is a challenge, give a three-person panel of retired officials 60 seconds to vote. Majority wins, and we move on. Let lingering disputes be contested as they should be: with screaming arguments and temper tantrums.

End the season in May.

Most years, the N.B.A. and Stanley Cup finals are played concurrently in June, but the N.B.A. usually gets at least double the audience and triple the attention. Hockey has no great history with an 82-game schedule. Reduce it to 70 games, as it was through most years of the Original Six. Then start the playoffs a month earlier and finish them in May, when the spotlight is yours, mostly.

No Fighting.

It’s time. We know too much to let it continue. Throw a punch and get ejected, the way it is in every other sport.

Reduce goalie pads back to rational size.

Safety first, of course. But leg pads the width of a snow plow? Pads meant to add bulk, not protection? No.

The World Cup is the best format, so use it for other sports, like hockey.

Sports are better when they have a sense of jeopardy. The N.H.L. regular season is too long, and the Stanley Cup playoffs are a slog. Imagine, after a short season for seeding, a group stage, followed by knockout rounds and a grand final.

You get one serve, not two, as in table tennis.

Go big if you’re feeling frisky. Go easy, like a typical second serve, if you’re hesitant. But players would probably create hybrids, giving themselves an array of options that would lead to interesting rallies, which is what we all want. Bonus: One serve per point speeds up matches.

No apologizing for net-cord winners.

Come on. Inside you’re laughing. It’s not as if you did it on purpose. And let serves? Play them, if they’re in.

Five sets for everyone, but with a high-stakes finish.

The measure of a great match should not be the time it consumes or the toll it takes on the participants. Let men and women play best-of-five, but replace the fifth set with a supertiebreaker.

Create one rule on in-match coaching.

Currently, men’s players are not allowed to receive it in individual events, but women are (though not in the Grand Slams). It’s time to end the confusion, and to preserve a precious and unusual tennis tradition: letting players make tactical and mental adjustments on their own, under pressure.

End the time-sucking habit of between-the-point towel service.

Players don’t need children to fetch a towel between points and then take the sweaty thing away. It’s elitist, gross and time-consuming. Oh, and viruses.

Let the players call their own lines and challenge decisions with electronics.

Retire the stoic (and fallible) line judges, but keep a human element by having players make their own calls. If the opponent wants a challenge, the drama only builds, and the technology exists to quickly get it right.

Restrict the flight of the golf ball

Most sports do not let technological advances overtake the essence of the game — no aluminum bats in Major League Baseball, for example — but modern pros overpower even the world’s best golf courses with modern equipment. The adjustments might differ from tour to tour, but no one but the pros themselves would notice the difference if the best drives went 300 yards, not closer to 400.

Bring the tours together occasionally.

Enact what the PGA Tour has long promised — regular joint events, with the top men and women playing alongside each other on the same course, and during the same week. Then award women’s and men’s titles.

Altered formats and team competitions.

Besides the major championships, the most anticipated events are team ones like the Ryder Cup, or those with an unusual twist. Throw in some events with a different scoring format. Let golfers choose a partner and turn a couple of tournaments into best-ball or scramble events. Escape the mundane of yet another forgettable stroke-play event.

Stop with the shushing.

If a baseball player can connect on a diving, 95-mile-an-hour cutter with 55,000 people screaming, a golfer can hit a driver or strike a putt without complete silence.

You’re only offside if your whole body is offside.

No longer can you be offside by a fingernail or a toe or because of your aura. And you can be called offside by video only if you don’t need a load of lines to prove it.

The scoreboard clock is the clock.

No more of this dance where the referee gets to be the only one in the stadium who knows how much time is left. Or reduce matches to an hour but stop the clock when the ball is off the field.

Adopt an orange card.

An orange card comes into play for fouls that are too serious for a mere yellow, but not quite so bad that they warrant complete expulsion. They come with a 10-minute banishment in some sort of penalty box.

Stop letting men’s soccer run women’s soccer.

There is no reason for women’s soccer, a sport experiencing its boom in the 21st century, to adopt structures and rules created by men in the Victorian era. Want to tweak some rules? Go for it. Want to have continental superleagues, as they do in European basketball and the N.B.A.? Go for that, too. Then create a global club championship for the top teams in each league.

Head injury substitutes.

If soccer is going to stick with the five substitutes it adopted after the pandemic, designate at least one as a temporary sub who can be used (and reused) to give any player with a head injury time for a proper medical assessment. Ten minutes ought to do it, and then — if a doctor clears the injured player — the manager decides which player gets to continue.

Back up the penalty kick.

In most leagues, penalty kicks are successful about 75 percent of the time. Back them up so that they are roughly a 50-50 proposition. Too many important matches turn on one questionable call and a perfunctory penalty kick. And shootouts would be more interesting if fans celebrated the makes, not the misses.

Extra-time sudden-death multiball.

Every two minutes of extra time, each team loses one player and an additional ball is put into play, until someone scores.

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Sports bubbles are good places to study COVID-19 – The Verge

Sports are coming back in the United States, and as they do, professional leagues are creating conditions that researchers say are tailor-made to study COVID-19. They offer sizable groups of people who are regularly monitored by doctors. When leagues enter a pandemic isolation zone, like the National Basketball Association plans to at Disney World, the controlled environment offers even more opportunities to understand the virus.

Whether sports should come back is still debatable — the pandemic is surging, and many experts are concerned that it’s not possible to create a safe environment for the athletes and staff — but leagues are forging ahead with plans for reopening. And as they do, they’re pushing medical and technical research along with it. The sports “bubbles” are also home to experimental new tech and trials of new ways of testing for COVID-19. They might also tell us more about how the virus spreads.

“There’s a lot of interest in sports coming back, and they could also be a plan for how we bring back universities, colleges and school safely. It’s the same concept, with a lot of people in close proximity to each other,” says Priya Sampathkumar, an epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic who’s working on an NBA antibody study. “It’s trying it out — if we can’t keep them safe, maybe it’s not safe to open up.”

League partnerships

Major League Baseball participated in the first nationwide coronavirus antibody study in April. At the time, there hadn’t been any effort to check what percentage of the US population had been infected with the coronavirus. The league has teams spread around the country, so testing players, support staff, and their families would give a snapshot of how widely the virus had spread.

“The authors of the study realized they had a ready-made national network of medical providers — sports medicine physicians and orthopedists — who were scattered in a really broad number of markets and would be able to help conduct these tests. It was really, really clever,” says Zach Binney, an epidemiologist at Emory University. And the data the study collected was incredibly valuable: it found that less than 1 percent of MLB employees had antibodies to the coronavirus. “That was the moment for me to shut down pretty much any argument that there are just a ridiculous number of undiagnosed cases,” Binney says.

Sampathkumar is doing a similar antibody study with the NBA. The league had a few high-profile positive cases back in March and April, so researchers knew the virus was introduced into the league. Because the players are in close contact, the virus probably had some amount of spread within the group, and some may not have shown symptoms. “It would be a way to assess the true spread of the infection within a sort of closed population,” she says.

Proving ground

The closed-off NBA bubble is dedicated to basketball, but it’s also a makeshift COVID-19 research laboratory. The league is helping trial a saliva-based COVID-19 test, and any players who opt in will help the Yale School of Public Health validate their testing method.

Players in Orlando will be tested almost every day using the typical method: having a swab shoved deep inside their nose. Players who enroll in the Yale study, though, will also give a saliva sample along with each test. The team will compare the two types of tests and check if the saliva test is as accurate as the nose and throat swab.

The most important things the NBA offered were logistical, says Anne Wyllie, a Yale research scientist leading the project. Gathering a group of people to study is usually a huge challenge. “What just made this really possible was that they already had staff out there collecting samples,” she says. “This really enabled us to do something that it’s hard to say if we would have been able to do otherwise.” If saliva proves to work just as well as a swab, and gets authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, the NBA might adopt it as their standard testing method. The research team expects they’ll have results by the end of July.

A saliva-based test would be valuable for similar environments where testing has to happen regularly, Sampathkumar, who is not involved in that study, says. “It can potentially be scaled up and done for schools and colleges, because it’s relatively non-invasive.”

The NBA is also giving players the option of wearing a smart ring, made by Oura Health, that tracks things like heart rate and body temperature. Researchers working with Oura think that it can flag subtle changes that could indicate someone is sick before they feel symptoms. Scientists at the University of Michigan will evaluate the data from athletes wearing the ring and flag anyone they think the data shows might have early signs of an illness.

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The caveat: there’s still no published evidence showing that the ring can catch early signs of COVID-19. Like the saliva test, the system is an experiment. Many researchers are skeptical that it would actually provide useful information, and scientists are still testing the idea at the University of California, San Francisco and West Virginia University. Athletes will be tested almost daily for COVID-19, so the league is not in any way relying on the ring to guide baseline testing — but the data might be used to flag players for additional tests, Oura Health CEO Harpreet Rai told The Verge.

Benjamin Smarr, a University of California, San Diego data scientist working with Oura on the studies, says that the information is still valuable, even if it’s not a proven way to detect illness. Because they’re being tested anyway, he says, players can get a sense of how the data they see from the ring matches the way they feel and how that relates to their test results.

NBA athletes are also able to opt in to the University of California, San Francisco study on the Oura ring. They’re being encouraged to do so, Rai says. It’s unclear, though, how many players might decide to participate in the study or how many will choose to use the ring at all. Their data will be protected: the league’s policies make it clear that the teams won’t have access to player’s physiological data, and it won’t be able to be used in contract negotiations. But some NBA athletes said on social media that they had some concerns about the device.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association did not respond to interview requests.

Easier detective work

The goal, of course, is to keep the coronavirus shut out entirely of the sports “bubbles” in Orlando (where the Women’s National Basketball Association, NBA and Major League Soccer will play) and Utah (where the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup is underway). It’s a challenge, particularly when athletes are traveling in from areas where the virus is widespread: players have already tested positive after arriving in the MLS isolation zone.

If the virus starts to spread within the isolation zones, though, it should be relatively easy to trace the path it traveled. In the outside world, it’s hard for people to remember where they go and who they interact with, says Angela Rasmussen, a research scientist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. If you’re on a tight schedule and living in a central location, like athletes in these environments are, that information is easy to access. “You can work out, not only the number of contacts you’ve had, but the types of interactions you have with those people.”

That will make it easier than usual for doctors to track down anyone who may have been exposed to the virus, which is important for the safety of the people inside the bubbles. But hypothetically, it could also help scientists learn more about the coronavirus. It might make it easier to learn how long it takes for people exposed to the virus to show up as positive on a test, for example. NBA players are being tested close to every single day, so it’d be easier to pinpoint the moment they started to test positive.

Tracking people over a long period of time is one of the best ways to understand how the coronavirus spreads, but those types of studies are resource-intensive. “We’ve seen a study of 30 people here, a few people there, that have helped us understand a little bit more about, for example, asymptomatic transmission,” Binney says. “The most interesting thing will be having data points regularly, from the same person.”

At least one league, the NBA, is reportedly thinking about those issues. The league is putting together a group of experts to think through research approaches to the bubble, Sampathkumar says. “They’re willing to share the data that they come up with, and are asking for input on the type of data they should collect,” she says.

The information is important for the league itself because it helps it manage the health and safety of its employees. But learning more about the virus and how it spreads is useful for everyone, not just professional athletes holed up at Disney World. “That could be really valuable information,” Rasmussen says. “And that could be extrapolated to the larger population.”

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NFL cuts 2020 preseason in half – NBC Sports – NFL

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It’s been rumored and expected. It’s now official: The 2020 preseason will be trimmed from four games to two.

Specifically, Week One and Week Four have been scrapped. The league is expected to announce the move on Thursday.

The move was driven by two primary factors. First, teams who will be playing preseason games on the road won’t want to move that many people. Second, given that no teams had on-field practice sessions in the offseason, coaches would rather have the extra time to work with their teams, and that will happen if they don’t have to worry about two extra preseason games.

Already, the Week Four preseason game is worthless (or, more accurately, less worthless than the other preseason games). So it’s really only the loss of one preseason game. And the first preseason game doesn’t typically involve much work from starters, anyway.

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Here’s what sports looked like during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic – Yahoo Sports

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The COVID-19 pandemic has halted all sporting events, as well as every other large gathering in the United States, and fans are wondering how and when games will return.

about one-third of the population— were infected around the world.” data-reactid=”37″ type=”text”>It’s worth it to look back at what sports looked like during the 1918 influenza pandemic, commonly called the Spanish flu. That pandemic lasted 15 months and killed an estimated 50 to 100 million people worldwide, including approximately 675,000 Americans, according to HISTORY. More than 500 million people — about one-third of the population— were infected around the world.

What did MLB look like during the 1918 Spanish Flu?

Flu masks were common in 1918 and 1919 during the influenza pandemic. Even MLB players, umpires and managers wore them during games.

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Picture shows a baseball player wearing a mask during the Flu epidemic of 1918. (George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)

cut one month off the end of the season and ended with Game 6 of the World Series on Sept. 11, which the Boston Red Sox won against the Chicago Cubs. The game played at Braves Field over Fenway Park due to the larger setting, and attendance was lower than usual.” data-reactid=”60″ type=”text”>Though the first case of the flu appeared in the United States in March 1918, the MLB season began as scheduled on April 16 and completed most of its slate. It cut one month off the end of the season and ended with Game 6 of the World Series on Sept. 11, which the Boston Red Sox won against the Chicago Cubs. The game played at Braves Field over Fenway Park due to the larger setting, and attendance was lower than usual.

“And it’s during this period when the Red Sox and Cubs are playing the World Series that these social gatherings – three games at Fenway Park, a draft registration drive, a Liberty Loan parade – all of those events and the regular interactions that people had on streetcars and in saloons and so on helped spread the virus,” Smith continued. “And Boston becomes really the epicenter of the outbreak in September of 1918.”

The 1919 MLB season started one week later than it had the year before.

Was there a college football season in 1918?

The 1918 college football season also forged forward and changed the game for the next century to come.

per The Athletic.” data-reactid=”67″ type=”text”>“The football season of 1918 was one of the most peculiar in the whole history of the game and yet it will stand as an epoch-making one in the progress of the sport,” Walter Camp wrote for the “Spalding’s Official Foot Ball Guide,” per The Athletic.

Games didn’t start until October and November and teams played a condensed season. At least 18 teams did not play college football that season. Charity games were also popular.

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This 1918 photo by Thomas Carter, a Georgia Tech graduate, shows a game at Grant Field during the pandemic. (Photo by Thomas Carter/Provided by Andy McNeil)

As with the MLB season, fans attending college football games wore masks as shown in these photos of a Georgia Tech game at Grant Field in 1918. Thomas Carter was an undergraduate at the time and took the photographs. He passed them down and now his great grandson, Georgia Tech graduate Andy McNeil, can look back at them with Carter’s handwriting on the back.

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Fans showed up to games with masks on during the 1918 influenza pandemic. (Photo by Thomas Cart

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Published on 02-May-2020

Andy Dalton has signed a one-year deal worth up to $7 million with the Dallas Cowboys, including $3 million guaranteed. The Cowboys confirmed the signing on Saturday night.



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