The NFL suffers its first COVID-19 related game postponement, while YouTube TV says it will drop Fox regional sports networks tomorrow.
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The NFL is postponing the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans set for Sunday, Oct. 4 following a COVID-19 outbreak within the Titans’ organization.
The league said the game is being rescheduled to Oct. 5 or 6 to “allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.”
Four Titans players and five team personnel tested positive in tests returned on Sept. 29 and 30, causing the team to initially shut down all in-person activities through Oct. 3. The Minnesota Vikings — who played the Titans on Sept. 27 — have also canceled in-person meetings as a precaution.
All of the Vikings’ tests from Sept. 28 and 29 came back negative. They are scheduled to play the Houston Texans on Oct. 4.
LeBron Goes Universal
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LeBron James and business partner Maverick Carter’s production outlet The SpringHill Company has a new four-year, first-look deal with Comcast’s Universal Pictures. The company previously had a deal with Warner Bros.
Development got underway two years ago on an untitled Universal and SpringHill Entertainment movie based on the book “Shooting Stars” by James and “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger. With Warner Bros, SpringHill made the upcoming highly-anticipated animated feature “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” set to premier in July 2021.
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The service had negotiated an extension with Sinclair in February to keep the RSNs through the end of the postponed NBA, MLB and NHL seasons, but that deal is “expiring” with those seasons coming to an end.“
This was a difficult decision made after months of negotiations,” YouTube TV said in a Twitter thread. “We hope we can bring FOX RSNs back in the future.”
Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open with an Achilles injury and suggested she would not play in another tournament in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the clay event began just 13 days after the US Open.
Las Vegas Raiders players are under investigation by the team for not wearing masks at a charity event held by tight end Darren Waller.
NASCAR added new races and stops to its 2021 Cup Series schedule, including the first dirt race since 1970.
In an open letter citing turf injury data, NFLPA President JC Tretter called on all NFL franchises to change their field surfaces to natural grass.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 329 points today as stocks rose on the hopes of another coronavirus relief package. Here’s a look at how sports-related stocks performed.
Big 5 (NYSE: BGFV) gained 16.15%
Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) gained 5.65%
DraftKings (NYSE: DKNG) gained 5.56%
Nautilus (NYSE: NLS) dropped 5.43%
Collectors Universe (NYSE: CLCT) dropped 2.90%
Daktronics (NYSE: DAKT) dropped 2.70%
Realife Tech and The COVID Safety Hub
Realife Tech is an experience automation platform that connects disparate systems, creating a 360-degree view of fans, which enables automated personalization across digital touch points and ultimately enhances the fan experience.
Join us on October 8 at 1 PM ET as Joe Londergan and Finn Walsh of Realife Tech discuss this technology and how venues and clubs from the Premier League, MLS, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Swiss Super League are using it for mobile ticketing, contactless mobile ordering, contact tracing, crowd management, personalized safety feeds, and more.
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