CNN: University of Florida head football coach tests positive for Covid-19

CNN: University of Florida head football coach tests positive for Covid-19. “University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement he posted on Twitter on Saturday. ‘I’m continuing to self-isolate from my family, who all remain healthy, and am following the guidelines set forth by UF Health, the CDC and our public health officials,’ Mullen tweeted.”

Massachusetts General Hospital: New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events

Massachusetts General Hospital: New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events. “Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 have been detected following football events in the United States, and games have the potential to become ‘superspreader’ events. Because the National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made the decision to play their games amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Georgia Tech and Boston Medical Center have extended their artificial intelligence–based COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool to incorporate NFL and NCAA football games. The model can help public officials and team owners in their decision-making regarding in-person attendance.”

The Invisible Crowd: Inside the NFL’s Fake Crowd Noise System (NBC News)

NBC News: The Invisible Crowd: Inside the NFL’s Fake Crowd Noise System. “Wendel Stevens has spent decades mixing sound for live football broadcasts. During a game, he’s thinking about the sound of the announcers’ voices, when to play the iconic theme music, what players are doing on the field and what coaches are yelling from the sidelines. But there’s one thing he’s never had to give much thought: the crowd.”

Washington Post: Alabama football coach Nick Saban tests positive for coronavirus

Washington Post: Alabama football coach Nick Saban tests positive for coronavirus. “The University of Alabama announced Wednesday that football coach Nick Saban tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Saban, 68, said that he would work from home while offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian oversees team operations at the Crimson Tide’s facility.”

‘The safest possible stadium’: Carolina Panthers debut new COVID-killing robot (WHDH)

WHDH: ‘The safest possible stadium’: Carolina Panthers debut new COVID-killing robot. “The Carolina Panthers is the first organization in the league to use the Xenex Light Strike Robot, a powerful germ destroying robot that creators and team believe will reduce the risk of COVID-19 for staff, players and fans.”

CNN: Tennessee Titans players under investigation following Covid-19 cases

CNN: Tennessee Titans players under investigation following Covid-19 cases. “The NFL and the players union are investigating members of the Tennessee Titans for possibly violating health protocols, an NFL spokesman confirmed Thursday. Following an unsanctioned, off-site practice during a Covid-19 outbreak among the team last week, the league and the NFL Players’ Association sent investigators to Nashville. On Friday, the league banned gatherings outside of team facilities.”

Western Mass News: Patriots cancel practice amid reports of new positive test

Western Mass News: Patriots cancel practice amid reports of new positive test. “Sports Illustrated reported that reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore tested positive for the virus on Wednesday and was added to the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The Patriots did not give a reason for Wednesday’s cancellation and did not immediately respond when asked if it was related to a third positive test.”

Green Bay Press Gazette: Packers say no fans until COVID-19 rates improve

Green Bay Press Gazette: Packers say no fans until COVID-19 rates improve. “The Green Bay Packers say fans will not be allowed into Lambeau Field for the Nov. 1 game against the Minnesota Vikings, or until future notice, for that matter. The Packers said Tuesday the level of COVID-19 cases in Brown County makes it unwise to allow people to gather, even in reduced numbers. The team said earlier this year that if fans were allowed in Lambeau Field, the number would be capped at 12,000, but did not guarantee it would be that high. Lambeau Field’s capacity is more than 81,000.”

ESPN: Steelers-Titans postponed after positive COVID-19 tests in Tennessee

ESPN: Steelers-Titans postponed after positive COVID-19 tests in Tennessee. “The postponement follows positive COVID-19 tests among the Titans from four players — starting nose tackle DaQuan Jones, linebacker Kamalei Correa, long-snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson — and five team personnel members this week.”

NY Daily News: Tennessee Titans facilities shut down after 3 players, 5 staffers test positive for coronavirus

NY Daily News: Tennessee Titans facilities shut down after 3 players, 5 staffers test positive for coronavirus. “The Tennessee Titans are being forced to shut down their facilities after three players and five staff members tested positive for COVID-19. ‘On Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five new personnel positives,’ the NFL said in a statement. ‘The Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting today. Likewise, the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities.'”

CNN: 5 NFL teams and coaches who didn’t wear masks during games face more than $1 million in fines

CNN: 5 NFL teams and coaches who didn’t wear masks during games face more than $1 million in fines. “Two more NFL teams, the New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders, are being fined $250,000 each because their head coaches were not wearing face coverings during a game Monday, a league source told CNN on Tuesday. The head coaches, Sean Payton of the Saints and Jon Gruden of the Raiders, are being fined $100,000 each, the source said.”

LSU coach Ed Orgeron: ‘Most’ of team has contracted coronavirus (ESPN)

ESPN: LSU coach Ed Orgeron: ‘Most’ of team has contracted coronavirus. “LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that most of his team has contracted COVID-19. ‘Not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it,’ Orgeron told reporters. ‘I think that hopefully they won’t catch it again, and hopefully they’re not out for games.'”

CNN: At least 2 college football games scheduled for this weekend postponed because of Covid-19

CNN: At least 2 college football games scheduled for this weekend postponed because of Covid-19. “The Baylor Bears and Houston Cougars will not be playing college football on Saturday due to Covid-19 concerns on Baylor’s team. The postponement comes after Baylor was unable to meet the Big 12 conference Covid-19 game cancellation thresholds. The teams have agreed to honor their planned “home and home” games and will look for future scheduling opportunities.”

CNN: Chiefs fan who attended game tests positive for Covid-19 and now everyone who sat near them is in quarantine

CNN: Chiefs fan who attended game tests positive for Covid-19 and now everyone who sat near them is in quarantine. “A fan who attended the Kansas City Chiefs’ opening night game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10 has tested positive for Covid-19. The Kansas City Health Department said the individual that tested positive watched the game from the group’s box in the lower level of the stadium and tested positive the following day. The positive test has prompted the Kansas City Health Department to direct 10 people there to quarantine after potential exposure to the coronavirus.”