USA Today - 27.03.2020

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Baseball simulation game Strat-O-Matic is play-
ing out MLB games till real ones start. Page 3C

Nationals start World Series

**defense on opening day***

Ticket holders unhappy that teams, outlets using
“postponement” designation. Page 4C

With sports events on hold,

buyers want refunds now




This pandemic we are cur-
rently experiencing is a
unique situation in our lives. It is
our responsibility to cooperate
with those who have data and in-
formation on what causes such a
virus to be so devastating.”

Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, who
became a March Madness star in 2018
during Loyola-Chicago’s run to the
Final Four as an 11 seed, on a video
released by the school Thursday. She
said she is staying at home and urged
others to do the same to help contain
the coronavirus pandemic.


Aug. 23

New date for the 2020 Indianapolis
500, IndyCar and IMS announced
Thursday. It had been scheduled for
May 24. This is the first time in 104
races it will not be competed in May.

April 17

Date of the WNBA draft, which is still
on, though without players, guests or
media. WNBA Commissioner Cathy
Engelbert will announce picks on
ESPN2 (8 p.m. ET) while the top
prospects participate remotely.

$5 million

To be donated by Saints QB Drew
Brees and his wife, Brittany, to Louisi-
ana and will help provide 10,000 meals
a day as part of a coronavirus relief
effort, they announced Thursday.

Cut in base salaries for 100 of the
highest-paid NBA league office exec-
utives, according to ESPN.

4:43 a.m.
Local time Thursday when UFC star
Jon Jones was booked in Albuquer-
que, New Mexico, for alleged aggra-
vated driving while intoxicated and
negligent use of a firearm, police rec-
ords show. He was also charged with
possession of an open container and
failure to show proof of vehicle insur-
ance; all charges are misdemeanors.
He was released later Thursday.


Former Braves owner Bill Bartholomay,
who brought the team to Atlanta in
1966, died Wednesday at 91, accord-
ing to his daughter Jamie, The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reported. “He
was a dear, thoughtful friend whose
presence will be missed,” the Braves
said in a statement, “but his legacy
will surely stand the rest of time for
the Atlanta Braves and all of baseball.”


Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. TB in TB. The
obvious connection for the new Buc-
caneers’ quarterback is turning into a
business opportunity for the 42-year-
old. Brady’s agency, Yee & Dubin
Sports LLC, filed a trademark request
with the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office for “TB X TB” on March 20, the
day Brady officially signed with his
new team. The application calls for the
intended use on clothing, including:
shirts, T-shirts, pants, shorts, sweat-
shirts, sweaters, jerseys, sleepwear,
athletic tops and bottoms and head-
wear. Brady’s health and wellness
company is called TB12.

From staff and wire reports



Fred “Curly” Neal, one of the best-
known members of the Harlem Globe-
trotters, died Wednesday night at his
home outside Houston. He was 77.
“We have lost one of the most genu-
ine human beings the world has ever
known,” Harlem Globetrotters general
manager Jeff Munn said in a state-
ment issued by the team. “His basket-
ball skill was unrivaled by most, and
his warm heart and huge smile
brought joy to families worldwide. He
always made time for his many fans

and inspired millions.”
Neal was born in Greensboro, North
Carolina, and played college basketball
at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, where
he earned All-Central Intercollegiate
Athletic Association honors.
He joined the Globetrotters in 1963
and played for the barnstorming on-
court entertainers for 22 years. He ap-
peared in more than 6,000 games in 97
countries before retiring in 1985.
His shaved head that earned him the
ironic nickname Curly, as well as his vir-
tuoso ball-handling skills, made him
one of the most recognizable members
of the squad, along with longtime team-

mate Meadowlark Lemon.
The Globetrotters retired Neal’s
No. 22 at a ceremony in 2008 in Madi-
son Square Garden in New York City. He
continued to make appearances with
the Globetrotters in his later years.
“Being a Globetrotter, especially dur-
ing that time, was as much a responsi-
bility as it was a job,” Neal wrote for USA
TODAY in 2016. “We weren’t just enter-
tainers. I truly believe that we helped
ease many of the tensions that pulled at
the country. It didn’t matter if you were
black, white or whatever – laughing and
enjoying our games made those barriers

Original Harlem Globetrotter
Fred “Curly” Neal had virtuoso
ball-handling skills, making
him one of the most recog-
nizable members of the squad.

Globetrotter’s ‘basketball

skill unrivaled by most’

Eddie Timanus


and training sites as the novel coronavi-
rus surged worldwide.
“Unhesitatingly high marks,” says
Ronald Waldman, a professor of global
health at George Washington University
who has worked with the World Health
Organization, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the United

Thanks in large part to swift action
by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver,
North America’s major professional
sports leagues got it right this month
in shutting down arenas, stadiums

Nations in the fight against infectious
Now, the far more complex part: How
and when to reopen, and, of utmost im-
portance, avoid a “biological bomb”
that, thanks to a sporting event, spread

When play resumes, avoiding ‘biological bomb’

Gabe Lacques and Jeff Zillgitt

See RESUMES, Page 5C

The American economic boom of
the last decade has gone hand-in-
hand with a fundamental change in
the financial reach of college athletics.
Beyond the obvious growth areas like
TV revenue and the College Football
Playoff, which helped fuel an exponen-
tial rise in coaching salaries, athletic

departments became much more so-
phisticated at getting their fans to part
with large amounts of money.
As the stock market roared and busi-
nesses thrived, schools climbed over
each other to promote hotshot fundrais-
ers into athletic director jobs, launch
eight- and nine-figure facilities pro-
jects, endow coaching positions and re-
orient their stadiums toward amenities
and premium experiences.

The looming economic fallout from
the coronavirus pandemic has raised a
question that athletic departments of
all sizes are scrambling to assess: Is the
party over?
“One of the byproducts we’re facing
is people who have lost 25 or 30% of
their net value of their portfolio or their
retirement funds, that’s going to have

Athletic departments’ tough days

As COVID-19 challenges loom for colleges, question becomes: Is the party over?


Dan Wolken
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