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« Reply #120 on: 2020-08-02 19:10:49 »

COLLEGE FOOTBALL : GROUP OF PAC-12 PLAYERS LISTS DEMANDS

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Sunday, a group of Pac-12 football players publicly released a letter in The Player's Tribune with a list of demands, threatening to opt out of practices and games unless their concerns are met.

The group is headed by 12 players, with athletes from every school except Utah, Colorado and USC signing the letter. Those involved include Oregon safety Jevon Holland, a prospective first-round pick, and Washington linebacker Joe Tryon, a 2020 preseason All-American.

In a press release Sunday, the group said it includes, "hundreds of Pac-12 football players throughout our conference who are very concerned with the risks COVID-19 poses to our personal health and the health of our families and communities."

The athletes' demands include health and safety protections; the elimination of what the players view as excessive expenses to preserve all sports; helping put an end to racial injustice; name, image and likeness rights and representation; and a profit-sharing agreement where 50% of each sport’s conference revenue would be distributed evenly among athletes in their respective sport.

The group issued a call for Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, coaches and college administrators to voluntarily reduce their pay. Scott, the highest-paid college commissioner in the nation, earns $5.3 million annually – but due to the pandemic, recently took a 12% pay cut.

The letter also calls for an end to "lavish facility expenditures"; Oregon opened a $68 million, 130,000 square-foot space in 2013 that was privately funded by Nike chairman Phil Knight, for example, as many teams have turned to these incredible facilities to help attract recruits.

The letter asks for the conference to direct 2% of conference revenue to support financial aid for low-income Black students, development programs for athletes on campus and community initiatives. It also outlines an annual Pac-12 Black College Athlete Summit with at least three representatives from each school in attendance.

Finally, the group requests a one-time transfer opportunity without limitations and an unrestricted transfer in special cases, as well as the option of returning to school with eligibility if they go undrafted and decide against going pro within seven days of the draft.

Several players spoke with Sports Illustrated following the publication of the letter, explaining they felt their power came from unifying their voices.

Washington's Tryon and fullback Ty Jones also issued statements, focusing on making a better future for student-athletes and the safety of players.

On Friday, the Pac-12 announced its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, beginning no earlier than Sept. 26.
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« Reply #121 on: 2020-08-02 19:12:30 »

NHL: DUMBA BECOMES FIRST NHL PLAYER TO KNEEL

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Matt Dumba is the first NHL player to kneel in demonstration during the anthem of the United States. The Canadian defenseman stood during the Canadian national anthem.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba started the NHL's Western Conference playoffs with a speech against racial injustice on Saturday, then took a knee during the national anthem as players from the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks stood around him.

The NHL officially resumed play Saturday in Toronto and Edmonton, the two neutral-site hub cities chosen due to the coronavirus pandemic, by going straight into the postseason.

The opening game of the best-of-five first round series between the Oilers and Blackhawks began with a pregame ceremony honoring front-line workers and those standing up in the fight against racism.

Dumba entered the rink in a sweatshirt promoting the Hockey Diversity Alliance, an organization started this year by players to promote social justice and racial equality in the sport, before delivering his speech.

Dumba then kneeled at center ice on while fellow Black players Malcolm Subban of Chicago and Darnell Nurse of Edmonton stood with a hand on each of his shoulders.

In early June, the defenseman launched Rebuild Minnesota, an organization dedicated to giving back to the community.

He has also promised to match up to $100,000 in donations to rebuild the area of Minneapolis destroyed by unrest following George Floyd's death.
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« Reply #122 on: 2020-08-02 20:52:25 »

I'm really rooting for the XFL coming back.  All these other sports are shooting themselves in the foot by introducing politics into them.
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« Reply #123 on: 2020-08-10 16:52:55 »

A bunch of exciting and interesting XFL news today.  But first....

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson group officially owns the XFL!!

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Should XFL Start This Fall?  (NO!)

XFL Video Game Was Just About To Be Made Before Coronavirus Ruined It's Chances

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« Reply #124 on: 2020-09-20 18:29:45 »

Football is back.  Lots of changes this year. 
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« Reply #125 on: 2020-09-20 22:02:51 »

I'm watching it a little bit.  Mainly listen to football on the radio.  I've gotten so fed up with pretty much every sport trying to be social justice warriors now.  I've really lost interest.
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« Reply #126 on: 2020-09-21 18:29:44 »

^ Same.  But there has been some good games.  I watched some recaps.  But not supporting them by watching live tv.
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« Reply #127 on: 2020-09-27 13:36:55 »

Another week of good games so far in the NFL.  It's weird not seeing fans, but the pumped in fan noise actually makes it seem quite normal.
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« Reply #128 on: 2020-10-01 16:48:37 »

The XFL plans to comeback in 2022 under new ownership!  More details eventually, but this is good and exciting news!

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« Reply #129 on: 2020-10-02 14:19:11 »

^ I'm happy again. :)
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« Reply #130 on: 2020-11-08 17:10:28 »

Son of famous NASCAR champion, Bill Elliott won his first NASCAR Cup today.  Chase Elliott won the 2020 NASCAR Cup Season in a very close battle with four others. two of which were champions from previous years.

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« Reply #131 on: 2020-11-08 17:26:43 »

Ah good to hear!  I remember when he first started.  Well good for the new kid!
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« Reply #132 on: 2021-01-23 12:17:23 »

Green Bay vs Tampa Bay today.  Should be good.  Two greats, Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers.
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« Reply #133 on: 2021-01-23 16:54:47 »

I know way to many people who hate Brady; I'm not one of them... I'm just happy to see two veterans go head to head. I haven't watched any foot ball this year, might make an exception for this game.
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« Reply #134 on: 2021-01-23 18:38:47 »

The game is actually on Sunday. 

You also have Kansas City vs. Buffalo on Sunday.  I am rooting for the HUGE underdog in the Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen.

Pretty much all the "historic" greats have been in the playoffs this year minus maybe Ben Roethlisberger since he wasn't in it.

But we have Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees.  We now have Aaron Rodgers vs. Brady coming up too in the NFC Playoff game.

There was also the great Russel Wilson having a terrific year and winning their division. Also the exciting year for the Cleveland Browns led by Baker Mayfield.  What a surprising year to see them go so far.  You also had Philip Rivers make a playoff run with his new team, the Indy Colts.

Then we have the new guard coming if Mahomes and Allen in the AFC playoff game on Sunday.

It's going to be an exciting playoffs to an admittedly very exciting year of football.
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