MLB Commish: Lockdown could happen

Cleveland Guardians fans were finally able to purchase team merchandise for the first time on Friday as the team transitioned from the 106-year-old Indians name. However, the Guardians Team Shop sign at Progressive Field fell to the sidewalk and shattered into pieces shortly after the merchandise went on sale. 😬



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Major League Baseball could be heading for a lockout as labor negotiations between the league and its players’ association progress slowly.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the Dec. 1 expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement is not a deadline for agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement.

“I can’t believe there’s a single fan in the world who doesn’t understand that an off-season lockdown that move the process forward is different from a labor dispute that costs games,” Manfred said Thursday.

  • A lockout would be suspend all MLB transactions.
  • The league is not required to initiate a lockout after the CBA expires, but may choose to do so.

MLB’s free agent market has been robust so far, especially for starting pitchers. Justin Verlander and Noah Syndergaard – two aces fresh out of Tommy John surgery – have signed one-year contracts to $25 million and $21 millionrespectively.

Up to 12 free agents are expected to land contracts worth $100 million or more.

If the two sides don’t reach an agreement before the season begins in March, MLB could face a shortened or even canceled season.

The league suffered around $3 billion operational losses in 2020, due to a shortened season played mostly in empty stadiums.

Activision Blizzard is facing increasing pressure from its biggest partners in the gaming industry over allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic workplace scandal that now involves its CEO.

The scandal took on new life on Tuesday with a Wall Street Journal report that CEO Bobby Kotick had been aware of the sexual misconduct allegations for years.

The frames of both sony and Microsoft expressed dismay at the allegations and the way Activision handled them.

“We contacted Activision immediately after the article was published to express our deep concern and ask how they plan to respond to the claims made in the article,” Sony PlayStation chief Jim Ryan wrote to employees. “We don’t believe their response statements adequately address the situation.”

Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, expressed similar sentiments, adding that the company is “evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making proactive adjustments underway.”

Activision Blizzard, creator of “Call of Duty”, “Diablo” and “World of Warcraft”, is a key partner for the two tech giants. The company brought $2.1 billion net income in the third quarter.

  • On 800 Activision Blizzard employees have called for Kotick to resign.
  • Shareholders representing less than 1% of the company’s stock have also called for Kotick’s resignation.

Activision Blizzard’s stock is down nearly 30% year-to-date.


Women’s Tennis Association CEO Steve Simon said the organization was ready to cease operations in China in response to the disappearance of tennis player Peng Shuai.

Peng, 35, disappeared shortly after being accused Zhang Gaoli, 75, a former senior Chinese Communist Party official, of sexual assault on a social networking site. The post, chronicling the couple’s decade-long affair, was quickly deleted.

“We are definitely ready to shoot our business and deal with all the complications that come with it,” Simon said. “Because it’s definitely, it’s bigger than the business.”

  • The WTA has entered into a 10-year deal from 2018 to hold its year-end finals in China.
  • Simon previously said the deal held roughly $1 billion investment from China, helping the organization boost the popularity of women’s tennis, including a new stadium and more prize money.
  • The WTA is ready to hold 10 tournaments in the country next year.

Over the weekend, China released photos and videos where Peng, who won the doubles at Wimbledon in 2013 and Roland Garros in 2014, looked safe, although the WTA isn’t necessarily buying him. ..

“It was good to see Peng Shuai in recent videos, but they do not alleviate or address the WTA’s concerns regarding his well-being and his ability to communicate without censorship or coercion,” a spokesperson for the agency said. WTA to Reuters.

The IOC announced on Sunday that Peng had held a 30-minute video call with three of his officials regarding his safety and wished to remain private from the event.

The Saudi Olympic Committee has raised $694 million to support sports federations in the Kingdom, Saudi Minister of Sports and Committee Chairman Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal has announced.

Under the National Quality of Life Program, funding will focus on improve the Kingdom’s sports industry before hosting the Asian Games in 2034.

The Kingdom has gone from 32 sports federations in 2015 to 91 This year. If a federation meets certain criteria, it may receive financial support from the committee.

  • The capital will help create an infrastructure to support federations.
  • It will contribute to the gross domestic product of the country with an increase of 0.8%.
  • The funds will also aim to stimulate community involvement in sport at 40% by 2030.

Federations may receive capital for core funding such as operating costs and salaries, and others will receive financial rewards for exemplary results such as winning Olympic medals.

Prince Abdulaziz also announced on Wednesday an elite athlete development program for improve athlete performance levels and create an athlete network, targeting 180 male and female athletes in its first year and adding another 300 by 2023.

The committee hopes the changes will help promote sports tourism in Saudi Arabia.


  • Electronic Arts has authorized the name “EA Sports FC” amid uncertainty over a new deal with FIFA to continue using its name in its successful football game franchise.
  • The brand of basketball shoes for women Moolah Kicks secured Dick’s Sporting Goods as premier retail partner. The shoes were made available in 140 stores from Friday.
  • Jen Prince, global head of partnerships at Twitter, is leaving the social media giant to to become the business manager of the Los Angeles Rams, a newly created position.
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