Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 7/9/2020

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>>NFL Works With Players Union On Opt-Out Provision

(New York, NY)  —  The NFL Network reports the league is working with the players’ union on an opt-out provision for the upcoming season.  This would protect players who decide to sit out the 2020 season due to their concerns about COVID-19.  The provision would be in place for players with pre-existing conditions, family members with pre-existing conditions, and those with general concerns over the pandemic.  General managers were told this week there would be a specific date by which those players would need to formalize their decision to opt-out.  That date hasn’t been determined yet.


>>Statistical Projection Sees Brewers In Fourth Place In NL Central Division

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The statistical projection for the 2020 Major League Baseball season sees the Milwaukee Brewers finishing in fourth place in the National League Central Division.  The PECOTA system from Baseball Prospectus pegs the Brewers as a .500 team, finishing the shortened season with a record of 30-and-30.  In February, when everyone was expecting a full season, PECOTA projected Milwaukee to finished 79-and-83.  This time it has the Brewers with a 12-percent chance to win the division and an almost 15-percent chance to be the wildcard team.


>>Bucks On The Road For “Happiest Place On Earth” Today

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Later today (Thursday) the 35-person Milwaukee Bucks traveling party will hit the road for Orlando, Florida.  Most of the NBA team’s equipment is already on-site, inside the bubble as Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports.  The Bucks says it’s possible some of that traveling party will leave later, but the first team practice is already scheduled for Saturday afternoon.  Team officials are trying to make the new space for players feel like home by transplanting many pictures, decorations and other creature comforts from the practice facility at the Fiserv Forum.


>>Wisconsin-Northwestern November 7th Game Moved From Wrigley To Ryan Field

(Evanston, IL)  —  The uncertainty associated with the coronavirus pandemic has led to the decision to move the Wisconsin Badgers football game at Northwestern to Ryan Field.  It was going to be played at the home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, but the switch was announced Wednesday.  Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips says the crowd was likely going to be limited at the iconic baseball park anyway.  The Wildcats played Illinois at Wrigley 10 years ago.


>>Ryder Cup:  Better To Postpone It Than Play Without Fans

(Haven, WI)  —  Businesses in the Sheboygan area say they will miss the additional dollars having the Ryder Cup played at Whistling Straits would have meant to their bottom lines, but they’re actually okay that it has been postponed to next year.  Many of them say that’s a much better choice than holding the U-S versus Europe golfing showdown with fans.  Most locals had already assumed the coronavirus pandemic would mean the tournament was going to be called off.  The Ryder Cup competition is now set to start September 21st, 2021 at Whistling Straits.  One hotel says it’s already getting dozens of calls of guests wanting to move their reservations to next year.