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Is Jamal Adams The Best At His Position In Jets’ History?

By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

Is Jamal Adams one of the best Jets ever? Or will he be remembered as one of the team’s top safeties in club history?

file photo NeilMiller The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Whether or not Adams gets traded over the next few months, he undoubtedly will be recognized as one of the Jets’ best all-time defensive players and indisputably high in the ranks of the team’s all-time safeties list. Adams’ position isn’t one that has been readily stocked with all-pros and consistent performers in the team’s annals.

 Here is one man’s opinion about the top five Jets’ safeties of all-time, placing them in random order.

Adams –He has been the dominate defensive figure and overall leader the Jets have been seeking for the past few years. In three years, Adams has accumulated 273 tackles and 12 sacks, 6.5 of them last season in his second of three Pro-Bowl selections. He has just three interceptions, but he has covered well and his physical nature usually can’t be matched.

Erik McMillan – He was a third-round pick in 1988 and went to two Pro Bowls, one in his rookie year when he also earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. During that season, he swiped eight interceptions – two for touchdowns — and followed with six –one for a touchdown – the following year. Overall, he made 52 starts in his 76 games as a Jet and had 22 interceptions. In many circles, McMillan is regarded as the best Jets safety since 1970 before Adams burst onto the scene.

Victor Green – When talking safeties in the 1980s and beyond, Green’s name is also one of the first mentioned. Green followed the Bill Parcells’ script to a tee, as he was a hard-nosed undrafted free agent in 1993 who developed as a fan favorite. Green, who started 108 of his 139 games in Green and White, has 24 career interceptions and 13 recovered fumbles in nine seasons. His nine seasons was the long tenure of recognized Jets’ safeties.

Burgess Owens – He arguably was the highest profile safety of the last 50 years until Adams, being the team’s number one overall pick and 13th overall in the 1973 draft. Owens was an ironman as he started all of his 97 games, missing just three in seven years. Named to the league’s All-rookie team, Owens emerged as a team captain and led the team interceptions five of his seven years, grabbing 21 overall.

Bill Baird – Baird often is forgotten for his steadiness as a starter and reserve from 1963-69. He started 80 of his 98 games, and corralled 34 interceptions that technically made him the all-time leader at the position. However, he had 13 of those when he primarily played cornerback for two years. He also excelled with kickoff and punt returns, and he always was around the ball.

There are plenty of other worthwhile candidates, and this list definitely could have been expanded with the likes of Kerry Rhodes, Ken Schroy, and Darrol Ray. Here are two other standouts who should be mentioned:

Jim Hudson – He was signed as a free agent in 1965 and soon became a starter. Hudson endured three knee operations and a bad back in his six seasons in which he had 14 interceptions. He was named the ALL-NFL team by the Associated Press in 1968. Hudson’s second-quarter interception in the Super Bowl probe to be an early game changer.

Dainard Paulson – Truly a forgotten player, Paulson spent his last four seasons with the Jets after his debut with the Titans in 1961. Paulson began his career as a Titan for two years and spent four years with the Jets. Twenty-five of his 29 career interceptions were with the Jets, having 12 in 1964. In 1964 and 1965, Paulson was named to the AFL All-Star Game.

Over the next month, Adams’ fate will be decided. Whatever the outcome, Adams will be remembered for his exceptional play at a position with a smaller collection of standouts than the others.

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Sports Media Must Take A Serious Look In the Mirror, by George Willis, The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com

We have spent weeks watching and listening to our nation and the world march in protest against what happened to George Floyd and the social injustices that have plagued our communities and specifically African-Americans.

Politicians, activists, athletes, educators, protesters, and counter protesters have been scrutinized, terrorized and jailed for their efforts and opinions on what is needed to bring about change.

The media with its cameras, microphones and on-air commentators have followed the different narratives and ramifications. Even our sports pages–normally shielded from political and social unrest–have been forced to join the discussion as they chronicle the actions and tweets from athletes, coaches and professional sports organizations, concerning #BlackLivesMatter.

The Red Sox, the Yankees, the Giants, the Knicks, Drew Brees, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James have had their actions and words dissected for their level of sincerity and plausible action.   Now it’s time for those asking the questions to be scrutinized, too.

Our sports departments at newspapers and major sports on-line websites around the country need to take this opportunity to check themselves and make a change.  Editors and those in charge of hiring need to take a timeout and ask themselves whether they’re going to be part of the problem or part of the solution.  Right now, the lack of diversity–real diversity—in sports journalism is appalling and getting worse.

I say this after completing a 23-year run as a general sports columnist at the New York Post. I have been a sports writer for 37 years since earning a diploma at New Mexico State University.   I have been the first black sports writer and the first black beat reporter at a few different stops along the way and had hoped our sports world would be covered by a more diverse media by now.  By that I mean more women and more people of color and varied backgrounds.

Instead, today’s sports staffs on daily print and on-line are largely all white males, charged with dictating the news and coverage of athletes of multiple racial and ethnic backgrounds.

This is not about on-air television talent where the heavy presence of retired African-American athletes turned broadcasters offers a smokescreen of racial balance.  True diversity goes beyond those you see on pregame shows.  I’m talking about producers, columnists, beat writers and insiders, those that create the stories that are talked about on television and talk radio.

I can add to the chorus about how what happened to Floyd sickened me.  I can speak to being barred from playing in a coaches golf outing at a country club in Tennessee because I was black and about how a group of policemen swarmed me and my Cuban-American friend in the car I was driving in New Jersey and ordered us out because we “matched the description” of someone who committed an armed robbery.

I also grew up knowing good cops and detectives, who were admired and respected for the way they protected and served. I also think restoring Police Athletic Leagues around the country is one step in the right direction.

Having more diversity in sports journalism is important, too.  The fallacy of being impartial observers has allowed the sports media to bury its collective head to anything not involving a ball.  That can’t happen anymore.  Opinions matter, websites matter, those who write words and shape stories matter.

According to a 2016 ASNE Diversity Survey, the percentage of minorities in the overall workforce at daily print and on-line organizations was 17 percent, 5.3 percent of which were listed as black.  It’s only gotten worse with fewer newspapers and fewer jobs.

Diversity in those who cover sports at its basic levels matters now more than ever because athletes male and female are no longer going to shut up and play.   They’re going to be black, brown, and gay and utilize various platforms to be outspoken about what they see and feel.  They’ve gone beyond talking about the next game and trusting the process.  They won’t be kept in their place.  Those who cover them will need to understand them, not just quote them.

The plea here is for publishers, sports editors, managing editors and those that hire and fire to do better; to look harder for diverse talent; and to care about what your staff looks like.  Editors also need to challenge their writers to think beyond the final score and learn who they’re actually writing about.  If not, then you’re part of the problem and not part of the solution.

George Willis spent 23 years as a sports columnist at the New York Post after working previously at the New York Times, Newsday and The Memphis Commercial Appeal. He is the author of the “The Bite Fight: Tyson, Holyfield and the Night That Changed Boxing Forever,” and co-author of the NY Times Best Seller “Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez.”

The No-Trade NFL Mock Draft That Won’t Happen

ROBBINS NEST

By Lenn Robbins

You’ve got to hand to CBSsports.com.

For the last several weeks the experts have seemingly provided an NFL mock draft every day – sometimes two. There are one-round drafts, two-round drafts, three, five, seven. Drafts with trades. Drafts with no trades. Drafts based on each team’s fan base’s voting.

By the time Roger Goodell steps to the podium, or whatever stage they’ll have constructed in the commissioner’s Bronxville home’s basement, there will be millions of quasi-GMs around the country ready to boo or cheer their team.

Here’s how the draft should go –  with no trades allowed.

  1. Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU – In a draft riddled with questions: Who’s the best WR? Who’s the best OT? Who’s the second-best cornerback? The question of who’s the best QB prospect is not up for debate. The Andy Dalton era ends and the Burrows era begins; forget hand size.

2. Redskins – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State – The Redskins need a lot of help but unless they get a trade offer they can’t pass up, Ron Rivera sticks with his defensive roots. Washington’s offense doesn’t have enough to compete. But a defense with Young and Ryan Kerrigan might steal a game or two.

3. Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State – As with the Redskins, the Lions are fielding offers like bees to honey. Okudah is one of the most complete college corners we’ve seen. There’s a significant drop off at cornerback after Okudah so if the Lions are going to trade down, it’s going to take a monster offer.

4. Giants – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson – Ever since the Cardinals made Deone Bucannon a $LB in 2014, teams have been searching for hybrid defenders. The 6-foot-4, 238-pound Simmons runs a 4.39 40, the second-best time for a LB since 2003. The question? Does Dave Gettleman not take the Hog Mollie of his choice?

5. Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon – The Dolphins reportedly have been flipping coins between Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, who shined in pre-draft workouts. Tagovailoa’s health – not just the serious hip injury – but the two ankle injuries (one surgery) and a quad injury – are real concerns.

6. Chargers – Tua Tagovailva, QB, Alabama – The Chargers know exactly what they have without Phillip Rivers and with Tyrod Taylor – no future at football’s most important position. Chargers fans need a reason to make the trek up I-5 to the new stadium they’ll share with the Rams. RED FLAG: Injury concerns.

7. Panthers – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn – Tough call for Carolina. They lost Gerald McCoy and Luke Kuechly. Derrick Brown could be a 10-year plug on the DL but Simmons, if he drops, can change a game with his ridiculous skill set. Can’t see the Panthers not finding that irresistible.

8. Cardinals –  Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa – The great debate after who is the best WR is who is the best OT. We favor Wirfs for his combination of athleticism and technique. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has built a tradition of producing technically sound, tough O-linemen. We love O-lineman that were wrestlers.

9. Jaguars – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina – A penetrating interior lineman who uses his 6-foot-5, 324-pound frame to disrupt, well, everything. He gets to the QB better than Brown and he blocks kicks as well as sacking QBs. Just two years ago the Jags had one of the best young defenses. The rebuilding begins.

10. Browns – Jedrick Wills, Jr., OT, Alabama – They believe they have their QB in Baker Mayfield, who needs to stop talking and start playing at an elite level. In fairness to Mayfield, he needs better protection. Willis is a Day One starter. With a better line and his choice of weapons, Mayfield is out of excuses.

11. Jets – Meckhi Becton, OT, Louisville –Some have taken to calling Becton the Zion Williamson of OTs. Not a bad comparison for a man 6-foot-7, 364 pounds who can run a 5.2, 40 and dunk a basketball. RED FLAG: Becton could fall after having his drug test flagged at the NFL Combine.

12.  Raiders – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State – The Raiders also are moving into a new stadium, no less a new state. There’s a need at CB and there are two elite QB prospects next season –  Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. This has never been a patient franchise and Love can learn behind Derek Carr for a year.

13. 49ers – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma – A lot of mocks have Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy rated as the best WR and he is a terrific prospect. But Lamb has the ‘it” factor. Lamb opposite last year’s first round pick Deebo Samuel with George Kittle at TE takes this offense to the next level.

14. Bucs – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia – This just in, the Bucs have a new quarterback with six Super Bowl trophies and a chance to win another within the next two seasons. Protect Tom Brady at all costs. Thomas is maybe a half-tick lower than Wirfs, Becton and Wills, Jr. but maybe not.

15. Broncos – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama – Courtland Sutton, a 6-4 target and ball snatcher broke out last season. Team him with Jeudy, last year’s No.1 pick, TE Noah Fant, RB Melvin Gordon, and QB Drew Lock just might take the next step, ending John Elway’s QB curse.

16. Falcons – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida – The only CB in this draft that can be mentioned in the same sentence as Okudah is Henderson. His 4.39 speed and 6-foot-1, 204-pound frame give him the perfect makeup to emerge as a No.1 corner. He’s been trending up with the Bucs and 49ers showing interest.

17. Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU – Dallas has a tough choice here between addressing the defensive backfield and edge rusher. Relying on Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory as your rusher opposite DeMarcus Lawrence is like relying on Villanelle not to kill anyone on the next season of Killing Eve.

18. Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston – Just as the Bucs are all about Brady, the Fish are all about Herbert. Jones allowed just one sack and four pressures his senior season. If you think it was because he didn’t face elite competition at Houston, he was voted the top offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl.

19. Raiders – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama – The thought of Jordan Love to Henry Riggs III conjures of memories of Daryle Lamonica to Fred Biletnikoff. Las Vegas could use a cornerback but opt for a WR for two reasons: the move to a new stadium and, well, it’s the Raiders. Imagine Ruggs vs Tyreke Hill twice a year?

20. Jaguars – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU – Henderson has a bit more speed but Fulton is the second-best corner in terms of press coverage. He plays with an edge. RED FLAG: Fulton was suspended for 2017 for falsifying specimen for a drug test. It was for marijuana. But, hey, it’s the Raiders.

21. Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU – In almost any other draft, Jefferson is the first WR off the board. In any other draft, the Eagles would never get a WR of this caliber at 21. Bottom line, they must get QB Carson Wentz a big-time WR. Both the player and the team win here.

22. Vikings – Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State – With Everson Griffen gone, the Vikes need someone opposite Danielle Hunter. When you face Aaron Rodgers & Matt Stafford twice each season, you must get pressure. Vikings needs a WR but Gross-Matos is the last 1st-round rush end left. Mike Zimmer chooses defense.

23. Patriots – Zach Baun, OLB/DE, Wisconsin – The focus in New England, and throughout the NFL, is Tom Brady’s change of address. But this defense lost Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton. Baun is one of our favorites for his intelligence and versatility. In other words, he’s a Belichick player.

24. Saints – Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma – The Saints need to do everything they can to give Drew Brees his best chance at one last Super Bowl before he heads to the broadcast booth. The defense was solid if unspectacular last season. Murray, who plays nasty, becomes an anchor in the middle.

25. Vikings – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson – A lot has been made about Higgins’ comparably slow 4.54 40. But the 6-foot-4 Higgins is a beast in the red zone with a ridiculous catch radius. With Adam Thielen on one side, Higgins on the other, Kyle Rudolph over the middle and Davin Cook out of the backfield – wow!

26. Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia – Georgia has become Running Back U and Swift carries on that tradition. He has speed, vision, the ability to make defenders miss and will stick his nose in on pass protection. Miami loaded up the D in free agency. They’re all in on offense with a QB, OT and RB.

27. Seahawks – Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan – For all of the brilliance of Russell Wilson, and that can’t be overstated, Pete Carroll loves to run the football. Ruiz is very agile for an inside interior lineman and he plays with a real nasty streak. It may not be a sexy pick but it’s the smart one.

28. Ravens – Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU – LSU has replaced Miami as my favorite college for NFL talent. The Tigers, especially on the defensive side, play with a speed and tenacity that’s a football purist’s joy to watch. Queen fits the mold. The Ravens have tried to cover up the loss of C.J. Mosley. Hasn’t worked.

29. Titans – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama – We went with an O-Lineman in our first draft but CB is a more of position of need with Ryan Logan apparently headed elsewhere. Diggs and Clemson’s A.J. Terrell are neck and neck. Diggs’ experience as a former WR gets the edge. Great hands.

30. Packers – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado – The Vikings believe they have a Super Bowl caliber roster. The loss of Stephon Diggs via trade needs to be addressed. With the ball in his hands Shenault Jr. is one of the most exciting players in this draft. RED FLAG: History of injuries based on physical play.

31. 49ers – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama – All any 49ers fan needs to do to find the No.1 position of need is to cue up a replay of the Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs. Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill combined for 13 catches for 203 yards. The need is more CB than S, but McKinney can play either safety spot and is Day 1 talent.

32. Chiefs – Antoine Winfield, S/CB, Minnesota – This is my favorite defensive player in the draft because of the way he plays. Yes, he’s only 5-foot-9, 203 pounds but he hits like a man constantly in a bad mood. Injury history could turn off some teams, moving Clemson’s A.J. Terrell.

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Is Fantasy Football Being Optimistic for an NFL?

Let’s get right to it.

This shelter in place deal stinks. We are social creatures forced to behave in an antisocial way. It stinks. I can pet my neighbor’s dog but can’t shake hands with said neighbor. I’m washing hands so often I will never sing, “Happy Birthday,” again.

One of the ways to cope is fantasy. This morning I fantasized that it wasn’t a Sunday in COVID-19 March, rather a Sunday in vaccine October. NFL season. Glorious NFL season.

Which team will be the most fun to watch:

The Arizona Cardinals, with Kyler Murray throwing to DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald and a tight end to be named later?

Or, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Tom Brady throwing to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard?

In fact, I’m willing to purchase a separate NFL South Division RedZone so I can see Matt Ryan throwing to Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Todd Gurley II and TE Hayden Hurst, and Drew Brees throwing to Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Alvin Kamara?

Or Patrick Mahomes throwing to Tyreke Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mercole Hardman, Travis Kelce and Damien Williams.

Or Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer throwing to tripled teamed Julian Edelman? (I’ve waited almost two decades for this)!

Or Dak Prescott throwing to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Zeke Elliott?

Or Mitch Trubisky throwing to the yard marker? Or is that Nick Foles?

Or, don’t dismiss this one, Phillip Rivers throwing to T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal, Parris Campbell and tight end Jack Doyle?

Or, Deshaun Watson throwing to? It’s not fair. It’s just not fair.

Or Josh Allen hopefully throwing to Stefan Diggs, John Brown, Cole Beasley and Devin Singletary?

Or Sam Darnold throwing six more touchdowns than interceptions?

Or Lamar Jackson throwing, to himself?

Or Jared Goff throwing for 78 yards two weeks after throwing for 517 (both losses)?

Or Ryan Tannehill completing 70-percent of his passes with a quarterback/interception of better than 3-to-1? Ryan Tannehill?

Or Derek Carr throwing to Nelson Agholor? Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Or Aaron Rodgers throwing to anyone at any time from any place on the field?

Or Drew Lock throwing for a passing rating of 48.2 yet going 4-1?

Or Tyrod Taylor hoping the Chargers pass on quarterback in the draft?

Or the Redskins passing on a quarterback because, well, they’re the Redskins?

Or a healthy Teddy Bridgewater getting his much-deserved chance to be a starter and having a weapon as versatile and potent as Christian McCaffrey?

Or Kirk Cousins posting his sixth straight season of 3,600 yards or more without getting to an NFC Championship game?

Or 23-year-old Joe Burrow throwing to 32-year-old A.J. Green?

Or Russell Wilson throwing to Tyler Locket, DK Metcalf and Greg Olsen?

Or Jimmy Garoppolo throwing for 165 yards one week and 349 the next?

Or Daniel Jones throwing from an upright position?

Or the warrior known as Matthew Stafford throwing to Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola and T.J. Hockenson.

Or Ryan Fitzpatrick playing catch with Tua Tagovailoa?

Or the Pittsburgh Steelers throwing a Hail Mary in the 2nd round of the draft?

Or Carson Wentz throwing to Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert, or to Dallas Goedert or Zach Ertz?

Or Baker Mayfield throwing 21 interceptions and dropping 42 verbal farts?

Or Gardner Minshew II throwing to, uh, how ‘bout that draft?

Or Patrick Mahomes throwing to Tyreke Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mercole Hardman, Travis Kelce and Damien Williams? Wait. Didn’t we write that already?

O.K. how about this?

Training camp to open this summer giving all of us sports-starved fans hope of watching the NFL in the fall. Amen.

Sports Is Dark As We Await The Outcome Of This Coronavirus Crisis

Wednesday evening we left the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after the first round of the Atlantic-10 Basketball championship tournament. I had this empty feeling with the increased cases of the Coronavirus.

File photo Neil Miller/The New York Extra /copyright 2020

And then it happened. Sports were shut down. Not just the NCAA conference tournaments. Not the NCAA Mens and womens basketball tournaments of March Madness, but all sports.

One-by-one. The NBA, NHL, MLS, boxing, golf. And the anticipated start of Major League Baseball has been pushed back for two weeks, but that is just an estimate.

The start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season could be on hiatus and longer than that two week time period. 

It will take time to adjust as arenas and stadiums go dark. This is a circumstance, from this perspective, worse than the events and aftermath of September 11, 2001. Worse, because it has impacted you, me, the city of New York, the world.

The difference, an impact for a long period of time as we adjust. 

It’s about the individual well being of all. We can’t fight a virus that is not under control and this comes as the sports analyst and by no means is this writer a medical authority or pretend to be. 

It’s common sense and listening to the authorities that advise how to deal with this situation. But sports is on the sidelines. We are looking in, making adjustments, hoping for the best. 

The transition to do other things is here. There always will be things to write about. Pick up a book, watch a classic movie. Check on family, friends, and neighbors.

And in due time, like all bad situations, this will pass. The Coronavirus and implications will become history, talked about for years to come, and we can resume our daily routines.  

But, New York City in that state of emergency will not have a complete shutdown. A source, within New York City Government circles informed this columnist that a shutdown will not occur unless Coronavirus cases reach the thousands .

Thankfully, we are not at that point of this crisis. And hopefully we won’t get there.

In the meantime, the world of fun and games, sports as it is called, is on hiatus.

Down in Port St. Lucie Florida, at the New York Mets spring training complex, spring training games have been suspended. The game of baseball is in suspension.

“Obviously with the sensitive information , we have to take extra precaution,” said the Mets’ J.D. Davis.

 He continues  to stay prepared with the entire Mets contingent and hopes that the crisis will pass so the 2020 season can commence.

“As a team, we will continue to get ready for the season,” Davis said. “It’s definitely different. And we have to improvise to get better everyday and be ready. We don’t know the future, however, we have to have the mindset that we are having our opening day in two weeks.”

He said, the details are still coming in to players and personnel. Meetings are ongoing to answer any concerns with questions.

“Hopefully, in the next couple of days, we will have a better understanding on where to go from here,” Davis said.

That understanding could mean  the players leaving Florida, Or, they head to their respective homes or come up north to their seasonal homes in New York. 

The Mets season opener was two weeks from yesterday. It is assumed , when MLB resumes, that the team will still have their season opener at Citi Field.

Friday afternoon, the Yankees also remained in place down at their spring training facilities in Tampa. Similar to the Mets ,they are in a holding pattern. 

The team  released a statement to update fans and the media. They were scheduled to open the season at Baltimore two weeks from yesterday.

“The Yankees fully support this decision and will continue to proactively monitor current events in conjunction with medical experts, government officials and Major League Baseball,” said the statement.

The  statement continued “We recognize that our great fans have a variety of questions. However, given the unprecedented nature and fluidity of what is taking place, we appreciate your patience as we diligently work through the many aspects and details of this continually evolving situation.”

In the meantime stadium workers are also victims of this Coronavirus pandemic. Concession workers and security personnel at Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, and the Barclays Center will lose a substantial part of their income.

The players will still get paid. though reductions will come to their contracts as it pertains to a national emergency when games are suspended. According to an agreement with owners and players.

But those who secure and provide at the venues, they will be hurt in the pocket.

“Understand, but safety does come first,” said a long time concession worker who works at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium They earn from the individual vendors that have contracts with the teams.

With March Madness gone, and with sports in the dark, the waging of sports is also taking a hit. That industry, too, is in a holding pattern and this time of year the NCAA Tournament does see sports wagering at a peak.

The NCAA and with a loss of games will lose millions with the CBS and Turner television contracts that deliver these games to us. The eligibility of senior student-athletes, many who missed an opportunity to compete for a championship, reportedly will be extended. 

Boxing promoters have cancelled their shows around the nation. Two in New York City in the span of four days, promoted by Top Rank and ESPN were called off Thursday evening.

The events were scheduled in the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Initially, when the crisis in New York unfolded, fans were banned from events scheduled for Saturday night and St. Patrick’s Day evening. 

Thursday, Top Rank had a final press conference at the Garden. The fighters, officials, and personnel were there and the shows were still a go. 

Later, the New York State Athletic Commission got the call form Albany. The commission, that regulates boxing was informed to consult with Top Rank and cancel the shows for the safety of personnel and the fighters. 

The Garden is dark, could be for months, and with a state of emergency,  events with 500 people or more is a risk. The Theatre is in that category of risk. 

Millions of dollars are being lost. The estimates and figures will continue to pile as this crisis continues and when it is finally resolved.

Yes, sports are in the dark. Even media, many who depend on income to report the games and events will see cutbacks and a loss of income. 

Realize, we must stay safe. Take caution. The sports world will resume. And hope the Coronavirus, like a bad hurricane, will fly out to sea.

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