Enterprise AI: AI and IBM Watson Score to Make ESPN Fantasy Football Trades More Fair

Enterprise AI: AI and IBM Watson Score to Make ESPN Fantasy Football Trades More Fair . “Millions of ESPN Fantasy Football team ‘owners’ are now able to get help from IBM and its Watson AI computing services to ensure that the player trades they make using ESPN’s mobile apps can be completed more fairly and equitably.”

SportBusiness: FIH and Nagra launch new Watch. Hockey streaming service

SportBusiness: FIH and Nagra launch new Watch. Hockey streaming service. Please note this is FIELD hockey, not ice hockey. “The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has launched a new fan engagement app which will stream live coverage of matches and aims to be the digital ‘home of hockey’ for fans, players and officials worldwide. Produced in association with content and multi-screen video company Nagra, ‘Watch.Hockey’ is available free of charge, on the App Store and on Google Play. The timing of the launch coincides with the gradual resumption of international hockey, with the Pro League re-starting on September 22.”

Grieving parents share warning as more colleges mull football season: “We took the risk” (CBS News)

CBS News: Grieving parents share warning as more colleges mull football season: “We took the risk”. “Two of college football’s biggest conferences, the Pac-12 and the Big 10, are now rethinking their plans to suspend the season over coronavirus concerns as more and more students return to school. However some people, like the parents of 20-year-old Jamain Stephens, are worried the schools are rushing towards potentially devastating risks.”

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.”

Phys .org: Taxing online sports betting, fantasy sports may help states cover pandemic losses

Phys .org: Taxing online sports betting, fantasy sports may help states cover pandemic losses. “Taxing online fantasy sports and sports betting may help states recoup some of the sales tax revenue lost during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a finance expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.” Sometimes when I’m reading these articles my face freezes like this: 😬

Mercury News: USC, UCLA band together to get clarity on lifting of restrictions in L.A. County

Mercury News: USC, UCLA band together to get clarity on lifting of restrictions in L.A. County. “An unprecedented situation called for an unusual maneuver. The athletic directors at USC and UCLA joined forces and held a joint Zoom call with Los Angeles County health officials Wednesday evening to clear a path for the football teams to begin practicing, according to sources familiar with the discussions. And it worked.”

White House offered tests to Big Ten to resume football: Sources (ABC News)

ABC News: White House offered tests to Big Ten to resume football: Sources. “As President Donald Trump pushed the Big Ten in recent weeks to restart college football amid the coronavirus pandemic, the White House offered to provide the college athletic conference with enough COVID-19 tests for play to begin, a university official briefed on the matter and a senior Trump administration official said. The Big Ten ultimately sourced the tests from a private company instead, the officials said.”

US Department of Justice: NFL Player Charged for Role in $24 Million COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme

US Department of Justice: NFL Player Charged for Role in $24 Million COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme. “A National Football League (NFL) player has been charged for his alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $24 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.”

Washington Post: U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka let her masks do the talking. In the end, she wanted to know what we heard.

Washington Post: U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka let her masks do the talking. In the end, she wanted to know what we heard. “The newly minted 2020 U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka wore seven different masks for her seven matches this year in New York, each sporting the name of a victim of violence. Osaka, who was born to a Japanese mother and Haitian father, has fielded questions for two weeks about what she hopes to achieve by wearing names including Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tamir Rice in her televised on-court interviews. Almost every time, she answers that she simply wants to bring awareness about racial and social injustice in the United States and overseas.”

Washington Post: Baseball has never been so lonely, and players are feeling the strain

Washington Post: Baseball has never been so lonely, and players are feeling the strain. “During normal times, there are aspects to a major league season that don’t lend themselves to top-notch mental health. Work is nearly every day. Struggles are laid bare for the public to see. Travel is constant. Baseball is a team sport, but at its worst, there’s no overstating the potential for isolation. And now, here lies the novel coronavirus-shortened 2020 MLB season, unprecedented in so many ways. The star of this show isn’t Max Scherzer or Juan Soto. Rather, it’s the coronavirus pandemic. It has altered American life in ways that, seven months ago, we could not have envisioned. And it is affecting this season in ways we could overlook.”

CNBC: Unprecedented mega-sports weekend could be online betting bonanza

CNBC: Unprecedented mega-sports weekend could be online betting bonanza. “The pandemic has pushed the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association playoffs to September, overlapping with Week 1 of the National Football League season for the first time ever. The U.S. Open men’s tennis final and a slate of Major League Baseball games will make Sunday one of the biggest sports betting days ever, according to Patrick Keane, chief executive officer of The Action Network, the sports betting media company.”

Poynter: Come on, professional sports players. Mask up consistently.

Poynter: Come on, professional sports players. Mask up consistently.. “My wife and I watch the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays every evening and while I appreciate some players, like Ji-Man Choi, consistently wearing COVID-19 masks, others in the dugout don’t. Some coaches wear those neck gaiters, which researchers have said are barely better than wearing no face covering.”

Washington Post: Memphis shuts down football after coronavirus outbreak, and a party bus might be to blame

Washington Post: Memphis shuts down football after coronavirus outbreak, and a party bus might be to blame. “The Memphis Tigers football team has paused all practice and group activities after experiencing a novel coronavirus outbreak, saying in a statement that most of the cases as ‘primarily linked to social events outside of official football activities.’ A party bus is reportedly to blame.”