Leagues and Governing Bodies

USWNT to move forward on equal pay appeal after settlement approval

Daily / Tuesday, April 13, 2021
The path is clear for USWNT players to "proceed with their appeal on equal pay now that the working conditions settlement between the USWNT and U.S. Soccer Federation was approved by a court," according to Cassandra Negley of YAHOO SPORTS. USWNT spokesperson Molly Levinson in a statement...

Most Nationals personnel get vaccine as MLB continues push

Daily / Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said that most of the team's personnel "were vaccinated" yesterday at their hotel in St. Louis, adding that the vaccinations were "set up" by MLB and the Cardinals, according to Jesse Dougherty of the WASHINGTON POST. Martinez indicated that "not all players opted to...

New NBA program to prepare youth players for sports industry careers

Daily / Tuesday, April 13, 2021
The NBA announced that its youth basketball program -- the Jr. NBA -- is launching a new personal development initiative "aimed at teaching young players skills in leadership, mental health and civic engagement to help better prepare them for careers in the sports industry," according to Martenzie Johnson of...

Golf execs looking for ways to preserve gains made during pandemic

Daily / Monday, April 12, 2021
Golf has enjoyed a "resurgence during the pandemic, with about half a million more players picking up clubs" in '20 than did in '19, but some wonder whether the sport can "hold on to the growth in a post-pandemic world," according to Pat Dooley of the WALL STREET JOURNAL....

Pats' Jonathan Kraft: Vaccines make full NFL stadiums possible

Daily / Monday, April 12, 2021
Patriots President Jonathan Kraft has "laid out a compelling case for why Gillette Stadium should be at full capacity for the start of the Patriots season later this summer," one that was based on widespread vaccination, according to Michael Silverman of the BOSTON GLOBE. Kraft said during last week's...

Matsuyama's Masters win could be boon for golf at Tokyo Games

Daily / Monday, April 12, 2021
Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese player to win a men's golf major with his victory yesterday at The Masters, and him playing in the competition at this summer's Tokyo Games will make it a "marquee few will resist, even if no fans are allowed on site,"...

MLB pushing vaccination incentives as some players remain skeptical

Daily / Monday, April 12, 2021
Vaccination rollouts are in full swing, but "not everyone is eager to be vaccinated," including baseball players, despite "additional incentives offered by" MLB and the MLBPA, according to James Wagner of the N.Y. TIMES. Much like in the NBA, MLB and the players’ union recently "dangled a carrot...

Closing Shot: WUSA’s Lasting Impression

Weekly / Monday, April 12, 2021
When the Women’s United Soccer Association kicked off 20 years ago this month, the league did so in style. More than 34,000 fans packed into RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., where they saw U.S. women’s national soccer team stars Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain lead the...

Sources: NFLPA pushing for all-virtual offseason, urging boycott if not

Daily / Monday, April 12, 2021
NFLPA President and Browns C JC Tretter told players on a call that the union is "pushing for an all-virtual offseason -- and would urge players to boycott if teams conduct in-person OTAs this spring," according to sources cited by the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Per Pelissero, Tretter on...

MLS: New year, new business

Weekly / Monday, April 12, 2021
Despite a highly unusual — and challenging — year, the business of MLS continued. Here are some of the notable developments around the league: Presidential succession Charlotte FC’s Nick Kelly: A three-time Forty Under 40 honoree by Sports Business...