Sports team and league operation

September 05, 2020 - 5:56 pm
Daily testing for COVID-19, except on game days, has been extended into the regular season by the NFL and the players' union. All players and other team personnel categorized in Tiers 1 and 2 will continue to be tested each day, a process that has worked relatively well for the league as it...
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Lights adorn Allegiant Stadium, new home of the Las Vegas Raiders football team, as it nears completion Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. The stadium will also serve as the home for the UNLV football team. (AP Photo/John Locher)
September 04, 2020 - 10:25 am
DENVER (AP) — It wasn’t that long ago that the NFL nixed Tony Romo’s fantasy football convention at a Nevada casino because of the league’s strict policy against having anything to do with sports betting. Now, the NFL is betting big on the once taboo industry, loosening its gambling policies just...
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FILE - The Dallas Cowboys play the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. The owner of the Cowboys hopes the 80,000-seat venue with standing room space that pushes capacity past 90,000 will be filled closer to capacity as the pandemic-altered NFL season goes on. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman, File)
September 02, 2020 - 9:02 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jerry Jones won't put a number on the attendance for the Dallas Cowboys' home opener until the crowd is announced later this month at AT&T Stadium. The owner of the Cowboys also hopes the 80,000-seat venue with standing room space that pushes capacity past 90,000 will be...
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Las Vegas Raiders players warms up during an NFL football training camp practice at Allegiant Stadium, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
September 02, 2020 - 8:25 pm
In a year in which few things are normal, there will be some familiar things about NFL broadcasts this season. Announcers will be in the stadiums, pregame shows will have their usual fill of banter and debate and the regular season will start on time. But will it translate to an increase in ratings...
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FILE - Two fans are shown in the stands before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Businesses near NFL stadiums have been hit hard due to pandemic-imposed attendance restrictions this season. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)
September 02, 2020 - 3:03 am
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Hotel clerks in this town know exactly when the NFL releases its schedule each year. The incessant ringing of the telephone serves as its own alarm. “The second that schedule comes out, the phones just go off the hook,” said Kelsie Basten, the front desk manager at St...
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September 01, 2020 - 7:53 pm
The NFL has updated its gameday protocols by requiring every coach and staff member in the bench area to wear a mask and reducing the size of each team’s travel party. Owners also will have to follow COVID-19 testing requirements to gain access to the locker room, field or team charter. NFL...
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September 01, 2020 - 6:33 pm
As 67 players opted out of the NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic, corporate partners, sponsors and advertisers did the opposite. They stood pat. The league even added two major companies: Subway and Invisalign. The truth is that not even COVID-19 has scared away the folks who, frankly...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is sacked by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa during the first half of an NFL football game in Carson, Calif. Teams could afford recent contracts like the megabucks given to Patrick Mahomes and Bosa under normal circumstances. Because of economic effects from the coronavirus pandemic, future player deals and a salary cap that will be adjusted due to some monetary setbacks, upcoming free agents might find the marketplace tighter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
September 01, 2020 - 4:51 pm
Let's get this straight from the outset: If the NFL has no fans at any games this season — or doesn't have much of a season at all — it will not go out of business. Sure, the 32 teams and the league itself will lose millions, very possibly billions of dollars. Its broadcast partners will take a hit...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, file photo, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder listens to head coach Ron Rivera during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, in Ashburn, Va. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
August 31, 2020 - 9:27 pm
The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team, owner Dan Snyder confirmed Monday. Snyder said in a statement he and his wife, Tanya, suggested to Commissioner Roger Goodell the NFL assume full oversight of the review “so that the...
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August 31, 2020 - 2:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one end line, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps. Previously announced were decals on the...
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