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Premier League Releases Coronavirus Measures

The Premier League has announced it will be introducing a number of extremes measures for health and safety to protect club staff and players once football resumes after the CODID-19 lockdown that stopped all sports events across the globe in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus.

The Premier League has yet to provide any details regarding how or when the season will be completed. That resulted in most throwing out any ideas or speculating when and how that will take place after sport in England ground to a halt with the country’s lockdown measures

There are a number of claims that some Premier League clubs are looking at returning their players to training in early May as the current lockdown is due to end on the 7th of May unless extended by the government, which can if it chooses to extend the lockdown to the end of May. This would, of course, see the season pushed back even more, and that could be even more so impacted if additional lockdown extensions and executed.

One area that has been addressed is that the league will ensure that dressing rooms are equipped for proper hygienic and will be thoroughly disinfected prior to players arrival. In addition, coaches will be required to be disinfected and sterilised while players will be required to provide private transport in their own cars and respect times between their scheduled arrivals.

Additional Protective Measures

That includes the scheduled teams ensuring that players take different routes to the dressing rooms and then remain as far as possible away from each other until the match begins, which is rather redundant considering the close proximity they will have on the field.

Clubs are also being requested to make changes to their dressing rooms to allow for starting teams, substitutes and goalkeepers all change in different areas, which means, three dressing areas per team. Additionally, it is being expected that players will be required to supply their own food and not share it with teammates and must maintain individually named water bottles to ensure there is no risk of players drinking from shared bottles.

It is clear the league is putting a strong emphasis towards social distancing and is requiring all players who use the teams fitness equipment must put on face-masks and gloves while ensuring they sanitise each piece of equipment before and after use. In addition, all doors within the facility will remain open so that the need to touch door handles is removed.

Calgary Flames GM Predicts Changes for the NHL

Brad Treliving, the General Manager for the Calgary Flames, expressed that supporters should anticipate a substantially different version of the National Hockey League. Reporters questioned the GM on his position with the COVID-19 pandemic. Brad incentivized that players, corporate staff and coaches will engage with whichever scenario is determined by the NHL Commissioner. This follows after the 2019-20 Season was halted by the forced implementation of social distancing from both Canada and America.

All sporting associations worldwide are experiencing or preparing for a season that’ll be incomplete. It doesn’t matter what happens after the dust has settled with this pandemic, sporting associations like the National Hockey League will be drastically altered. This will also apply to the NBA, MLS, NFL, MLB, ELF, Premier League and Formula One. Brad Treliving mentioned that it’ll be challenging to play the sport without any supporters, that it’ll remove a significant percentage of the atmosphere. However, creating vital entertainment for supporters while keeping their players safe has become a top priority for GMs like Brad.

Historically, operating a profitable sporting venture requires obtaining thousands of civilians in one location. This applied back in the Roman Era and is still prevalent today, prompting significant concerns that the lack of supporters will generate a considerable decline in revenue. It should be noted that 2.1 Million are infected with COVID-19, with more than 140+ thousand dying worldwide. Under these conditions, the chances for anybody to contract the novel coronavirus is substantial. That’s why the NHL will implement specialized protocols to ensure the safety of all individuals participating in these match-ups. Strategic plans of this nature will be required for upwards of two years until a vaccine is provided.

Lost funds will apply towards the termination of Ticket Sales, Concession Stands, Parking Revenue and Brand Apparel. It’ll create new challenges for the product marketers working for the Calgary Flames and other NHL associations. April 30th will mark the date that NHL starts filming private matches, allowing for the remainder of the 2019-20 season to be underway. It should be noted that this date could be changed depending on the governance measures from Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Health Experts.

Oklahoma State Coach Creates Minor Scandal

Multiple individuals throughout North America have begun expressing their thoughts on COVID-19 in a public manner. This extends towards Mike Grundy, the Football Coach for Oklahoma State. Grundy made remarks regarding how the seasonal restart would begin by May 1st and that individuals need to stop being so concerned with this virus. His comments follow after America hit 20+ thousand deaths, which caused for numerous individuals throughout Oklahoma to become offended. He apologized for his statements, but some sports analysts anticipate that he’ll be fired for these actions.

Mike Grundy made agreements with multiple news agencies to speak through a video teleconference. Each interview remarked similar statements, indicating that the Head Coach would break federal guidelines on Social Distancing. Oklahoma citizens called the Federal Bureau of Investigations on Mike Grundy’s comments, requesting that an informal investigation be implemented. It’s expected that the Bureau spoke with Oklahoma State and demanded these statements be revised. This would be the most straightforward and most viable solution for the current situation, with the FBI more concerned on other investigations.

The Universities Statement

Oklahoma State University released a formal statement after Mike Grundy created this minor scandal. They expressed that adherence on public health and federal guidelines have been implemented since day one. Our best interests stand behind the citizens of Oklahoma and the United States of America. We’ll continue to mandate our operations based on the guidelines from federal and state authorities. We won’t compromise the safety of Oklahoma State University or her subsidiary campuses. Mike Grundy has been advised on the severity of this situation.

The Ignorance of Mike Grundy

It should be mentioned that Mike Grundy is a right-wing politician enthusiast who has often supported the actions of Donald Trump. In all interviews he maintained last week, racist behaviour was displayed numerous times. These actions will enforce his inevitable termination at Oklahoma State University. Grundy continually showed a significant level of insensitivity towards infected individuals, claiming they should be placed into specialized camps so that the rest of America can resume to normal behaviour. This is similar thinking to a former WWII leader.

Cleveland State Coach Contracts COVID-19

Players with the Cleveland State Women’s Basketball Team were shocked to find out that Chris Kielsmeier had contracted the novel coronavirus. School Organizers provided this information with Cleveland State, who confirmed it’s the 1st case of COVID-19 at their institution. Chris Kielsmeier is a notable coaching figure in college basketball. He previously spent ten seasons with the Wayne State Wildcats, where he’d acquire two NSIC Tournament Championships. This would extend towards four NSIC Regular Season Crowns. These significant accomplishments prompted Cleveland State to acquire Kielsmeier for the 2019-20 Season.

CNBC Sports Reporters questioned the Basketball Coach on his condition. He noted that the 1st four days were challenging, with his body slowly recovering. It’s expected that this Middle-Aged Man will make a full recovery for his early diagnosis. Supporters behind Cleveland State would’ve been devasted with this potential loss. Kielsmeier acquired a 10-20 Average during his 1st season. That valuation would increase towards 21-11 this season before postponements. Renewing the season by September 2020 could allow Chris Kielsmeier to win an NSIC Tournament Championship for the Cleveland State Vikings.

Cleveland State Staff were forced to implement social distancing measures after the confirmed case of COVID-19. All Non-Essential campus operations were terminated, with individuals close with Chris Kielsmeier being forced into self-isolation until April 14th. Classes will be held remotely via video conferences until April 10th, where limited classes will be re-opened to Cleveland State students. It’s not known when any of the sporting functions with CSU will be resumed, with this potentially forcing unnecessary travel across the United States.

Chris Kielsmeier Receives Overwhelming Support

The President of Cleveland State University spoke on Chris Kielsmeier contracting COVID-19. Harlan Sands noted that they appreciate this Head Coach committing to self-isolation measures and informing the university immediately of his ill conditions. This coach was the 10th confirmed case from the Ohio Department of Health, that number has increased exponentially in the last few days. It should be noted that players with the Women’s Basketball Team at Cleveland State University provided their best wishes towards their head coach. They hope he’ll return to regular activity shortly.

New Orleans Coach Contracts Covid-19

Sean Payton, the New Orleans Saints Head Coach, confirmed that he’d contracted the novel coronavirus. This leader is resting in his home while implementing self-isolation strategies, meaning that family have been positioned somewhere else in New Orleans. When asked why he informed the public of his novel coronavirus, Sean Payton noted that he wants to motivate locals to fight the Covid-19 Pandemic. This information was publicly announced through ESPN Sports, where Sean Payton would quickly post a photo to Instagram to confirm the announcement.

The Instagram post expressed that Payton appreciates the good wishes and that he’s begun feeling better. It should be noted that Sean Payton hasn’t experienced the respiratory symptoms associated with Covid-19. He’ll have to remain quarantined inside for an additional four days before being provided clearance by local government officials. Sean Payton is the first NFL Coach to announce his diagnosis, with it being expected that several others have secretly contracted Covid-19 and are keeping it from the public.

Sean Payton was tested on March 23rd for the novel coronavirus. He wouldn’t receive results until March 27th. It’s suspected that Payton contracted the virus after attending various meetings on behalf of the New Orleans Saints. After feeling ill on March 22nd, he was inducted into the local hospital and returned home for self-quarantine measures. Family members were informed about distancing themselves from Sean Payton immediately.

ESPN Interview

When speaking to ESPN Reporters, Sean Payton mentioned that he isn’t experiencing severe side effects. That means the NFL Coach is an elderly male without respiratory symptoms, placing him into a different minority worldwide. Statements continued by Payton noting younger people have to better themselves throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic. A large percentage of young adults have carried out their regular lives without considering the consequences towards others. It was noted that everyone must do their part across America to ensure public safety.

Sean Payton clarified that two states should be mainly governed, with those including New Orleans and Louisiana. An overwhelming number of international tourists ranging between 21 – 28 years of age attend these states yearly for Mardi Gras. Considering that spring is right around the corner, Payton believes that government enforcement should be implemented to avoid another Daytona Beach situation.

Spanish Soccer Coach Passes Away from Covid-19

Medical experts in Spain have unveiled the youngest individuals to contract Covid-19 in their home nation. That individual is Francisco Garcia, aged twenty. Confirming that he contracted the coronavirus came as a significant shock for parents in Malaga. That’s because Francisco Garcia is the Youth Coach for Atletico Portada. Some believe he could’ve contracted the virus to younger hosts, with Francisco Garcia, unfortunately, dying from Covid-19 after battling it for two weeks on March 15th.

The Atletico Portada Football Club provided a formal announcement regarding this death. It was mentioned that their deepest condolences are expressed to the relatives, family and friends of Francisco Garcia. When the family was questioned on Garcia’s rate of infection, they noted that his health declined immediately within four days and prompted his death. Considering that Francisco Garcia was a healthy footballer at twenty-years of age, its shocked medical experts that this Youth Coach didn’t have any formal medical conditions. Autopsies were held to locate any previously unknown medical conditions that would’ve allowed the coronavirus to thrive in Francisco Garcia’s system.

Doctors informed Francisco to take three doses of paracetamol daily to limit the sore throat that initially started. After twelve hours, his condition deteriorated and prompted Garcia’s parent to rush him to the emergency room. ER Doctors provided minimal help to the Youth Coach, providing him antibiotics and returned him home. The limited medical assistance prompted Francisco’s condition to worsen and eventually pass away. It should be noted that his step-father now has Covid-19 and can barely stand with an increasing fever. It’s expected that under this fathers older age, he’ll also be unable to recover and ultimately pass away from the coronavirus.

No Funeral

Neither parents were permitted to say goodbye to their son. They weren’t provided with a burial, mass grave site or ashes after Francisco Garcia passed away. That’s because individuals that have died from Covid-19 are being burned and immediately disposed of in the most effective medical methods possible. Before Garcia was burned, medical experts performed an autopsy and revealed that Francisco had undiagnosed leukaemia. That would’ve made it nearly impossible for his body to fight off Covid-19. The parents expressed publicly that they never thought this virus would kill their son and are devastated by this loss.

Philadelphia Union Head Coach Talks Coronavirus

March 12th marked an important date for the COVID-19 Pandemic. There was an influx of announcements surrounding cancellations regarding sporting events, with Major League Soccer included in those flurries of reports. It was confirmed that MLS would be postponed by thirty days following the increased outbreak in North America. This came as a substantial disappointment for the Philadelphia Union, who were preparing to experience their home opener on March 14th. Supporters of this MLS outfit were excited for the home opener, with the Philadelphia Union tying LAFC 3-3 in an exciting draw.

It should be mentioned that the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League have also postponed their respective seasons. Considering that all MLS teams were training for the upcoming weekend, it was surprising to players and team coaches alike to learn that the season would be postponed. The Head Coach for the Philadelphia Union, Jim Curtin, held a press conference regarding the unexpected announcement.

He mentioned that when the announcement came in, everybody was training in anticipation of San Jose. Everyone was immediately informed to walk off the field and implement self-isolation tactics. Jim Curtin noted that there’s an uneasy feeling around the MLS Community, with nobody particularly aware of what’s coming in the next month. There’s the potential that the coronavirus outbreak in North America will become a pandemic, which would prompt extended delays of sporting events. Some analysts anticipate that 2020 will historically be considered “The Year Sports Ended”.

The Quarantine Protocols

When questioned by reporters if the Philadelphia Union’s are supporting the decision to postpone the season for thirty days, Jim Curtin expressed that he believes MLS Executives made the correct decision. The safety and health of the overall MLS community have become drastically essential for all twenty-six outfits.

All employed individuals with Major League Soccer have been informed to stay away from their respective training facilities going forward. Additional updates will be provided on March 16th, with it being expected that players will be told to train privately in their separate residences. Coaches will have video-conference calls with these players to ensure the proper strategies are being taught. This level of coaching will never have been experienced by Jim Curtin or anybody else operating within MLS.

Coaching Drama for First Nations Canadian

The Bantam Hockey Team from the First Nations in Canada is facing some severe backlash after a coach was terminated. The Interlake Minor Hockey Association confirmed that they’d discontinued the “Fairford Minor Hockey League President & Co-Ed Bantam Coach”, who goes under the name Nadine Anderson. She’s banned from all arena matches until December 2020. It follows after she shared a social media post with profanity. When Nadine questioned her termination with the IMHA, she was told that this unacceptable post violated their policy governing agreement. Nadine claims she broke no policy laws, as the job wasn’t written by herself.

She spoke with First Nation Reporters in Winnipeg. Nadine held this interview from her home in Pinayamoontang. She expressed that these children and the hockey league desperately need her assistance moving forward. Refusal to accept her back could terminate the dreams and aspirations of dozens of children. Some individuals throughout the First Nations believe that this decision was based purely on race, with Native Canadian hockey leagues often facing an unnecessary backlash. It should be noted that Nadine Anderson was fired during the Bantam Playoffs, with her team almost guaranteed to lose going forward.

The Fight

This suspension notice provided to Nadine Anderson was maintained through email. It was sent by the Interlake Minor Hockey Association late at night, with some claiming it was a purposeful act. This head coach was returning from a playoff meeting and heading towards a coaching session, with IMHA Executives being connected to this meeting. All of these issues follow after a February 15th game was derailed and saw both opponents clash against each other. This confrontation was posted to Facebook, where Nadine shared it through her Facebook page.

You can see multiple parents and coaches fighting with each other, which followed after a bad call. You can hear in the background “I’ll keep paying for your welfare cheque”, which has prompted the claims of racism. Instead of the IMHA standing by one of their first nation employees, they instead allowed racist Canadians to have power over Nadine. This has become a regular occurrence throughout the Native Canadian communities, with them beginning to retaliate against the oppressions forced upon them through the government.

Head Coach for United States National Hockey Team Named

The United States has officially named the head coach for the 2020 IIHF World Championship, which is slated to be held in Switzerland during May 8th to 24th. The confirmation that Peter Laviolette will coach this national team was made by Chris Drury, the US General Manager of Hockey. It was expressed that Peter maintains an incredible level of experience with coaching and playing, which extends to unlimited desires at winning. It’s firmly expected that Peter Laviolette will bring the United States to a Silver or Gold Medal victory.

Shockingly, the United States National Hockey team announced that Laviolette would become the Head Coach. It was less than two months ago that he was terminated from the Nashville Predators. This man is also ranked 16th in the coaching standings, having maintained 637 won games throughout eighteen seasons. Peter has coached for the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators. Another shocking element to his new role is that Peter previously coached the United States National Hockey Team to a bronze victory in 2004. The Executive Director of United States Hockey Operations spoke on this announcement. He stated: “Peter is a terrific coach and someone who has had success wherever he’s been. We’re thrilled to have him back as head coach of our men’s national team.”

It should be noted that the remaining players and coaching staff for the 2020 US National Hockey Team haven’t been announced. They must first be selected by this new head coach and the assistant coaching staff, which extends to the General Manager and Advisory Committee. Subsequently, it’ll be a prolonged period before we hear anything regarding the full lineup of players. It’s expected that notable athletes like Sydney Crosby and Mike Tavares will play leading roles in this national team.

Additional Coaching News

Peter Laviolette isn’t the only coach who found himself facing severe fines or termination. It was announced this week that Claude Julien from the Montreal Canadians has been fined $10,000.00 for making illicit comments towards referees. This isn’t the 1st time that the head coach has clashed with referees, often uttering threats of violence towards them or their family. The paid fined from Claude Julien will see his money go towards the NHL Foundation.

Coaching Lineup Changing for Cleveland Browns

After considerable speculation relating to the Chris Jones tenure with the Cleveland Browns, it’s been announced that he’ll be leaving this National Football League Organization. It follows after he left the Canadian Football League, where he stood as the General Manager and Head Coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Chris Jones joined the NFL as a Senior Defensive Specialist in January 2019, working under Freddie Kitchens in his rookie season. Freddie Kitchens was terminated after a single season with the Cleveland Browns, leaving the remaining coaching staff to be fired potentially. Christ Jones is the 1st of Kitchens selections to be fired.

Kevin Stefanski is taking the position of Head Coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2020, with this former athlete selecting Joe Woods for the defensive coordinator role. The Senior Defensive Specialist position was awarded to Steve Wilks, forcing Chris Jones to leave his previous position. This doesn’t mean that Jones won’t remain with the Buffalo Bills in some capacity, with his contract active until December 2020. Rumours indicate that he’ll be placed into an analytic role, which would better suit his history as a former general manager and head coach.

The Future & Past for Jones

Sporting analysts are speculating that Chris Jones will return to the Canadian Football League in 2021. The exit clause option under his contract would be foolish to enact, with all CFL Staff Roles taken for the 2020 season. New caps placed onto football operational personally with the CFL means that limited funds are available for outfits to acquire Jones. He’ll become one of the most desired coaches with the 2021 CFL Season, as the former Saskatchewan general manager acquired multiple grey cups.

Those championship victories were acquired for Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Saskatchewan. Chris Jones proved countless times that his coaching tactics created champion-winning teams. It’s not known if Kevin Stefanski plans to re-hire Chris Jones for the 2021 NFL Season, with his restructuring not indicating that Jones isn’t active under a coaching staff position anymore. When visiting the Cleveland Browns website, Chris Jones cannot be located on any page. This leads many to believe he’ll return to the CFL instead of the NFL.

Texas Head Coach Resigns for General Manager Position

Another shocking resignation was announced this week, with Bill O’Brien leaving the Houston Texas in June. It’s not known who will take over the newly available General Manager position, which will be vacant until a new applicant can be found. The Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Houston Texans will take over the GM responsibilities until a new candidate is located.