Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 7/22/2020

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>>WIAA To Make Decision On Fall Sports Thursday

(Stevens Point, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association will make its decision about fall sports public following a Thursday virtual meeting.  Practices are set to begin the first week of August.  Among the approaches the WIAA could take is moving fall sports to next spring and spring sports to the summer of 2021.  That suggestion from Lancaster Community School District superintendent Rob Wagner would avoid the need to cancel a season.  An online petition at Change-dot-org has already been launched to oppose such a move.  More than three thousand people have signed electronically in support.


>>If There Are Crowds At Lambeau Field, They Will Be Small

(Green Bay, WI)  —  If there are crowds at historic Lambeau Field for Green Bay Packers games, they won’t be very big.  Packers president Mark Murphy says the team is anticipating a seating capacity of about 10-to-12 thousand fans for regular-season games.  That would allow for the safety of social distancing.  Murphy says the Packers’ priority is to make sure players and staff are safe while being able to play the games.  The team has already closed the doors to fans at training camp practices and the annual Family Night Scrimmage at Lambeau Field.  It’s still possible the venue will be empty when and if the NFL games are played.


>>Badgers LT Cole Van Lanen On Outland Trophy Watch List

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin Badgers left tackle Cole Van Lanen has been named to the Outland Trophy watch list.  Eighty-five tackles, guards and centers are in the competition for the best offensive lineman in the country, 11 from the Big Ten Conference.  The winner is chosen at the end of the season.  Badgers Joe Thomas in 2006 and Gabe Carimi in 2010 are previous winners.  Last year’s Outland Trophy winner, Penei Sewell of Oregon, is the favorite to win the award again.  Van Lanen is one of six Badgers who are on a watch list for a post-season award in 2020.


>>Brewer Plans To Rename Miller Park Way Next Year Hit A Roadblock

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Plans by the Milwaukee Brewers to rename Miller Park Way next year when the name of the team’s home park changes have hit a roadblock.  Miller Park becomes American Family Field in 2021.  The Brewers have petitioned to have the street along the east side of the park changed.  The City of Milwaukee has already given its approval for the new name, but the Village of West Milwaukee is holding out.  The Journal-Sentinel is reporting the village board rejected the name change on a six-to-one vote.  The village also turned down names like Bob Uecker Way and Henry Aaron Way.  Seventeen of the 25 businesses along that stretch of the road told the village they don’t want the change.


>>Green Bay Signs 9th (And Final) Member of 2020 NFL Draft Class

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Third-round pick Josiah Deguara has reached agreement on his rookie deal with the Green Bay Packers.  Deguara is the ninth and final member of the 2020 NFL Draft class to sign up.  The third-round draft pick played tight end for the Cincinnati Bearcats.  He was the last of the Packers’ nine draft picks to sign.  His four-year deal is estimated to be worth a little over four-and-a-half million dollars, with a signing bonus of about 870 thousand.