Let's Talk About Sports Podcast Season 1, Episode 8

Updated: May 22, 2020

Season 1, Episode 8. Special guest Cronkite's Sports Journalist Joey Vacca joins the podcast to contribute his insight to the latest issues in sports as well as the status of leagues as the coronavirus pandemic begins to stabilize:


Top Headlines

· XFL: McMahon claims Luck fired for cause

o Contract dispute between former XFL commissioner Oliver Luck (father of Andrew Luck) and league owner Vince McMahon spilled into the public eye Wednesday through a series of filings related to Luck’s wrongful termination lawsuit

o According to ESPN, McMahon’s defense group claims he fired Luck “for cause” and uses three examples of failures to comply with XFL policies: gross neglect of the job when the coronavirus pandemic began, signing WR Antonio Callaway without McMahon’s approval and then refusal to release him, and personal use of an XFL-issued iPhone

o 3 minutes

· Soccer: Alli robbed at knifepoint in London home

o Tottenham star midfielder Dele Alli was robbed at knifepoint after thieves broke into his home Wednesday morning, stealing thousands of pounds worth of jewelry

o According to local police, Alli was struck in the face and suffered minor injuries before the robbers stole the jewelry and fled

o 2 minutes

MLB

· Plans to shorten the draft

o An anonymous spokesperson told the Associated Press that the MLB plans to cut the draft from 40 rounds to five this year

o Players that go undrafted are limited to signing bonuses of $20K or less

o The changes will save teams about $30M a year to cope with revenue loss

o This year’s system could cause many high school players that would have gone in rounds 6-10 to go to college instead of straight to the pros because the signing bonuses are not enough for them to turn down the opportunity for a free education

o 2 minutes

· 2020 season return

o Owners approved an MLB season proposal plan for a July start and shortened season earlier this week, but as they present their proposal to the MLBPA, there is an ugly financial fight taking shape between the two sides

o If the MLBPA and the owners cannot come to an agreement in the next two weeks, the chances that the 2020 MLB season is played will be quite unlikely

o 3 minutes

NFL

· Former LSU TE Thaddeus Moss, son of Hall of Fame WR Randy Moss, is out to get his “own identity”

o Washington Redskins undrafted rookie tight end Thaddeus Moss wants to do what any other pass-catcher does: create separation, but his definition of separation is that from his father Randy’s Hall of Fame legacy

o Moss told ESPN that he is “tired of the comparisons… I look forward to making a name for myself.”

o Moss comes into the season with a chip on his shoulder after going undrafted despite his outstanding two-touchdown performance in the national championship game against Clemson and his LSU backup being picked in the 7th round by the Seattle Seahawks

o “Having picked kickers and punters, special-teams guys getting picked over me, I definitely felt some type of way over it,” Moss said. “It’s no difference. I’ve always had to prove myself my whole life, having the last name I have. I always had to prove everybody wrong or just prove myself right my whole life.”

o 3 minutes

· Los Angeles Rams reveal new uniforms for SoFi stadium debut

o 1.5 minutes

NBA

· NCAA indefinitely extends deadline to pull out of NBA draft

o Deadline was June 3rd, but the NCAA will decide on a new withdrawal deadline once the league determines a timeline for the 2020 pre-draft process

o 1.5 minutes

NCAA Football

· Pac-12 mulling all-conference regular season

o Each team would play every team in the conference once, totaling for 11 games

o Every team would be forced to cancel their three nonconference games

o 4 minutes

NCAA Basketball

· NCAAB: Georgetown G Mac McClung withdraws from NBA draft and enters transfer portal

o The move makes him the most sought-after transfer in the country

o He was named to the Big East’s all-freshman team after averaging 13.1 PPG in the 2018 season

o He was having a breakout sophomore season, averaging 15.7 PPG before his foot injury ended his 2019 campaign

o He is filing a waiver for immediate eligibility in the 2020 season

o 2 minutes



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