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  • Shauna Rush


Updated: May 31, 2020

This article was originally published on November 29th, 2019.

Here is this week's dose of “5-Point Friday”. A weekly round-up of the sports news and stories that I find most interesting and enjoyable.

NASCAR news I am excited by -

NASCAR is considering the possibility of introducing races into new markets, focusing on untouched markets in major cities, as soon as 2021. This would include the possibility of NASCAR introducing street races or temporary courses next to stadiums.

Athletics news I am following -

Russia faces a four-year ban from global sport after World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) investigators found that a number of positive drug tests were deleted from a database extracted from a Moscow laboratory in January.

The recommendations, if approved by Wada’s executive committee in a meeting in Paris on 9 December, would likely lead to Russian athletes and teams being barred from next year’s Tokyo Olympics as well as a host of other major sporting competitions, including the games at Euro 2020.

Wada’s compliance review committee has also recommended stripping Russia of sports events already awarded to the country “unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so” and for Russian government officials to be barred from attending sporting events for the next four years. A ban for the same period on flying the Russian flag at major competitions would also apply.

Basketball news I am interested in -

The NBA is engaged in serious discussions with the NBPA and broadcast partners on sweeping, dramatic changes to the league calendar that would include a reseeding of the four conference finalists, a 30-team in-season tournament (modeled after European soccer) and a postseason play-in. These scenarios would come with the shortening of the regular season to a minimum of 78 games, league sources said.

Discussions are progressing with hopes of bringing a vote to the April meeting of the league's board of governors that would introduce some of these proposals into the NBA's 75th anniversary season of 2021-22.

Sports rights story I am learning about -

The NFLPA, the MLBPA, and RedBird Capital have launched OneTeam Partners. OneTeam is a company designed to help athletes maximize the value of their name, image, and likeness rights, initially focusing on opportunities in video games and trading cards.

Play that I am re-watching -

In the final moments of the game, Rebels wide receiver Elijah Moore celebrated a touchdown by imitating a dog urinating. The move saw Ole Miss penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, making a field goal more difficult and allowing Mississippi State to hold on for the win, 21-20.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!



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