Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 6/19/2020

The Latest Sports Headlines: 

>>MLB Players Make Quick Counter-Offer:  70 Games

(Undated)  —  The latest offer from the Major League Baseball Players Association would have the Milwaukee Brewers playing 70 games this summer.  The union made that counter-offer the day it received the owners’ proposal for 60 games.  The back-and-forth has been going on for several weeks now.  The players’ plan would start the season on July 19th.  It calls for a 50-50 split of new post-season television revenue next year, the universal Designated Hitter and 50 million dollars in playoff bonuses.  Owners aren’t expected to accept the specifics of the deal, but ESPN says the difference between the two sides is so small now there should be optimism a season will be played.


>>WIAA Releases Guidelines For Schools To Resume Sports Activities

(Stevens Point, WI)  —  Wisconsin coaches and their players can return to summer athletic activities July 1st.  The WIAA has released the guidelines for that resumption, leaving it up to the schools to determine if that can be done safely.  Each team will select a COVID-19 coach to respond to situations involving the virus.  The state association says close contact sports like football, wrestling and dance may have to be modified.  Training in safety protocols for all coaches is part of the return-to-play plan.  Despite the release of the guidelines, there is still no guarantee fall sports will actually happen yet.


>>NFL Could Expand Practice Squads To 16 Players This Season

(New York, NY)  —  The Green Bay Packers could operate with a much-bigger practice squad this season.  The NFL is reportedly discussing an increase in the number of players from 12 to 16.  The players association would have to agree, but since that means an additional 128 players, the union is likely to sign off on it.  The Packers had 10 players on the practice squad last season, but the league had already bumped that up to 12.  This gives coach Matt LaFleur’s staff more developmental time within the team structure for the younger Packer players.


>>Bucks’ Sterling Brown:  NBA Restart Gives Him Chance To Campaign For Social Justice

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sees an opportunity for him to campaign for social justice and racial equality when the NBA restarts the season in Orlando.  Brown says there are a lot of ways to get out key messages.  He was interviewed on ESPN Radio Thursday.  He says it’s important for him to use his platform to push the message of equality.  Brown was tased by Milwaukee police two-and-a-half years ago while being cited for a parking violation.  He has a civil rights suit still pending against the city.


>>Former Packers Running Back Samkon Gado Now A Doctor

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Packer fans may remember Samkon Gado as a breakout star at running back for the team 15 years ago, but his career has gone in a whole new direction since his playing time ended.  In 2005 Gado was working at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay during his off-time.  He wanted to return to Nigeria full-time once his residency ended, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed that.  Gado was planning to be a general surgeon and he plans to return to that field when it’s possible.  For now, his time and attention are focused on helping people dealing with COVID-19.