Let's Talk About Sports Podcast Season 2, Episode 4

Season 2, Episode 4.


Topics covered:

· Duke’s Coach K calls 'Black lives matter' a human rights statement, not a political one

o In a passionate message in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said "it's time" for America to address and solve systemic racism.

o Through a message released via Twitter on Friday afternoon, Krzyzewski said America had chosen the "easier wrong" for 400 years and denied the impact of racism.

o "We see that," Krzyzewski said in the video. "And what do we do when we see it? We turn the other way. We don't solve the problem. The problem will not be solved and no problem is solved unless you acknowledge the problem. Acknowledge it. If you acknowledge it, you have the duty to solve it. We as a country have the duty to solve this problem."

o Krzyzewski had previously released a statement expressing his anger and frustration after George Floyd was killed when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly eight minutes.

o On June 26th, the five-time national champion coach said supporting African Americans in this moment is a matter of humanity.

o "Black lives matter. Say it. Can you say it? Black lives matter," Krzyzewski said at the start of the video. "We should be saying it every day. It's not political. This is not a political statement. It's a human rights statement. It's a fairness statement."

o 2 mins

· Golden Eagles, TBT's second-winningest team, win their first ever title

o After falling one win short of a championship last season, Golden Eagles took the final step this time around and beat Sideline Cancer 78-73 on Tuesday in the finals of The Basketball Tournament.

o The team takes home $1 million in the winner-take-all format. Golden Eagles plan to split the money evenly, with the head coach and every player getting $90,000, and general manager Daniel Fitzgerald earning $80,000.

o Last summer, Carmen's Crew finished the title game on an 8-0 run to beat Golden Eagles 66-60. Entering the tournament, Golden Eagles, a team made up of former Marquette players, had the second-most victories all time in TBT but zero championships to show for it.

o "It means a lot to us," coach Joe Chapman told ESPN. "It was only one step. We knew what we needed to do. We wanted to get that monkey off our back and become a winner. It was our last step and something we needed to do as a team."

o Tuesday night's Elam Ending started at 70-70, meaning the first team to reach 78 points would be crowned champion. Golden Eagles scored quickly on an inbounds play, followed by Marcus Keene continuing his hot late-game shooting and burying a 3 for Sideline Cancer. Jamil Wilson hit another big 3 for Golden Eagles. Then Travis Diener ended the game with a corner 3 to give his team the championship.

o 2 mins

· The Ivy League has announced that there will be no fall sports competition this year, but has not made any decisions yet on potentially moving football to the spring.

o Back on March 10, the Ivy League presidents decided to cancel their men's and women's basketball tournaments because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was dismissed by many -- including some of the league's players and coaches -- as an overreaction, made by a league with a different set of priorities. Within 48 hours, Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA suspended its season and all NCAA sports were canceled.

o The main question is now this: Will their decision once again become a trend at the FBS level or will it be an outlier made by a league without the same structures and incentives as big-time college football?

o 2 mins

· The Big Ten on Thursday, July 9th, announced it will go to a conference-only season for all fall sports, including football

o "We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority," the Big Ten said in a statement.

o "... By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic."

o A day after the Big Ten announced it would play a conference-only schedule in all sports this fall, the Pac-12 voted to do the same during a virtual meeting of athletics directors, university presidents and conference officials.

o The Pac-12 CEO group's decision will delay the start of fall seasons, including football.

o One of the reasons the Pac-12 decided to push back the start of the football season was a concern that UCLA and USC would not be ready to play in early September because of coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles area, sources told ESPN.

o The Pac-12's decision to play only conference games means Notre Dame will not face USC for the first time since World War II. The Irish and Trojans have played each other every season since 1926 except for 1943-45 because of the war. Notre Dame will also lose its rivalry game against Stanford, which has been played every year since 1988, except for 1995 and 1996. Because of the Big Ten's decision, Notre Dame's contest against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay also won't be played.

o The move also creates scheduling dilemmas for BYU and Hawai'i, which will both have to find new opponents for each of their first four games. As it stands now, neither school has a game scheduled until the first weekend in October. BYU was scheduled to play Utah, Michigan State, Arizona State and Minnesota the first four weeks and Stanford in the regular-season finale, and Hawai'i was slated to play Arizona, UCLA, Fordham (the Patriot League banned flying for the upcoming season) and Oregon.

o 2 mins

· Top ranked and five-star cornerback Tony Grimes of North Carolina’s Class of 2021 commits to UNC and announced he will be reclassifying and enrolling this fall at Chapel Hill

o 1.5 mins

NFL

· Colin Kaepernick will be featured in an exclusive docuseries produced by ESPN Films as part of a first-look deal with The Walt Disney Co.

o The deal between Kaepernick's production arm, Ra Vision Media, and Disney was announced on July 6th. The partnership will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice and the quest for equity. It also will provide a platform to showcase the work of minority directors and producers.

o 1.5 mins

· President Donald Trump criticized the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians on Twitter for considering changes to their respective team names, accusing the teams of "trying to be politically correct."

o Trump tweeted on July 6th that the NFL's Redskins and MLB's Indians are "fabled sports franchises." He also taunted Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed Native American ancestry and has been a frequent target of barbs from Trump.

o They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington Redskins & Cleveland Indians, two fabled sports franchises, look like they are going to be changing their names in order to be politically correct. Indians, like Elizabeth Warren, must be very angry right now!

o 2.5 mins

· The Washington Redskins officially announced on Monday morning that they would be changing their nickname, though no new name will be revealed just yet, a source confirmed Sunday night.

o It had been widely expected that Washington would change its name, and one source said Saturday night that an announcement of a new name would come soon.

o Sports Business Daily, which first reported Monday's official announcement, reported that the new name would not be announced yet because trademark issues are pending.

o Last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the franchise would not use any Native American imagery. Washington's logo of an American Indian chief had been designed by a Native American in 1971.

o Another source told ESPN that the plan, as of now, is to retain the franchise's use of burgundy and gold colors. Coach Ron Rivera had said the team wanted to include the military in its new name, as well.

o 2.5 mins

· In the name of health and safety, NFL players could be sporting a whole new look in 2020.

o The Oakley Mouth Shield -- a product designed by Oakley in collaboration with doctors and engineers from the NFL and NFL Players Association to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus on the field of play -- is expected to be distributed to all 32 teams over the next week, when it will receive a test drive on a much larger scale than it has gotten to date.

o Safety protocol negotiations are ongoing between the league and players. Currently, there is no mandate to wear a face shield, but the NFL's medical experts are advocating for the use of the protective equipment.

o "That's certainly what we're going to encourage," said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer. "And we hope that we're going to land on a product design that's something that everyone would want to wear, because they'll see the value and want that additional protection without any detriment to performance."

o The Oakley Prizm Lens Technology used by skiers, military personnel and, most recently, NFL players for enhanced color and contrast in their visors is featured in the new design. Plastic sheets extend down and attach to the face guard. There are airways and openings on the mouth shield but none that allow the direct transmission of droplets, according to the chair of the NFL's engineering committee, Dr. Jeff Crandall.

o 2.5 mins

· The Chiefs and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension that ties him to Kansas City through the 2031 season, the team announced on July 6th.

o League sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the deal is worth $450 million over the 10-year period and could be worth up to $503 million. The extension includes a $140 million injury guarantee, as well as a no-trade clause.

o 1 min

· The Cleveland Browns are finalizing a massive five-year extension worth $125 million with star pass-rusher Myles Garrett, a league source confirmed to ESPN. The deal is not done yet, but the sides are said to be close.

o The deal, which is worth a total of $144 million over seven years, would make Garrett the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. Garrett entered the offseason with two years left on his rookie contract after the Browns picked up his fifth-year option.

o 1 min

Other Headlines

· President Donald Trump called out driver Bubba Wallace on Monday, alleging that a noose found last month in his garage at Talladega Superspeedway was a hoax and questioning NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag from the sport.

o Trump tweeted: "Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!"

o Wallace responded with a statement Monday afternoon in which he wrote: "Love over hate every day. Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate. Even when it's HATE from the POTUS."

o "So to be late to the party is one thing, and to be wrong on the factual information is another," Wallace said, referring to the fact that the incident happened two weeks earlier. "But all in all, he did get one thing right in his tweet, though: the great officials that continue to stand behind me -- NASCAR drivers and officials that continue to stand behind me through it all -- he got that part right. We have a great sport that I'm proud to be a part of."

o In a statement, NASCAR said it is "proud to have Bubba Wallace in the NASCAR family and we commend his courage and leadership. NASCAR continues to stand tall with Bubba, our competitors and everyone who makes our sport welcoming and inclusive for all racing fans."

o 2.5 mins

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