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June’s Racing Economic Indicators Bring Some Welcome Good News

Equibase’s monthly report on Economic Indicators in Thoroughbred Racing for June revealed the first uptick in racing handle since February, before the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the industry. June’s uptick is slight, 0.76% over June 2019. This result is due to tracks opening or re-opening throughout June. That said, […]

Citing the coronavirus, Lone Star Park officials suddenly suspended racing following Sunday's first of nine scheduled races. (Image: Mike Stone/For the Dallas Morning News)

Lone Star Park Abruptly Closes, Cites COVID-19 as Reason

Lone Star Park suddenly suspended its Sunday racing card and officials announced via Twitter that they’re halting all racing at the Texas track until further notice. The announcement came from the track’s Twitter feed, which cited “an abundance of caution” due to COVID-19. It provided no further details, either on […]

In June, David Price paid $1,000 to more than 200 minor league players in the Dodgers' farm system. (Image:Russ D. Franklin/AP)

Dodgers Lose David Price for 2020 Season, Red Sox Save $6 Million

Citing family health concerns, MLB pitcher David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. It’s a tough break for the Dodgers, who traded for Price in February. Meanwhile, the Red Sox could get a little CBT buffer due to the pitcher’s hiatus. One of the biggest trades leading into […]

The horses breaking from Del Mar's starting gate for its summer meet will undergo health scrutiny unlike any seen before. And they'll do it in front of empty grandstands at the seaside San Diego-area track. (Image: Horsephotos /Getty Images)

Del Mar Goes the Extra Miles Implementing Human, Horse Health Reforms

In this coronavirus era, you expect to read about the health protocols for Del Mar’s impending summer meet. But officials from the seaside track north of San Diego unveiled further guidelines addressing horse safety along with human safety. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), which operates the track, announced the […]

One of the most underrated horses in the country, Vekoma splashed home to win the Carter Handicap by 7 1/4 lengths last month. The competition increases dramatically in Saturday's Met Mile at Belmont Park. (Image: NYRA)

Meet the Many Contenders in the Met Mile

The beauty for horseplayers and horse racing fans alike in Saturday’s Grade 1 Metropolitan Stakes, popularly known as the Met Mile, is the variety of runners meeting in the Belmont Park starting gate for a one-turn mile. Sprinters? They’re there with Vekoma, Hog Creek Hustle and Network Effect. Routers? How […]

Beginning Thursday, a limited number of fans will see the sight of horses making the turn at Ellis Park. The Kentucky track announced seven backstretch workers tested positive for the coronavirus. (Image: Coady Photography)

On Eve of Meet, Seven Ellis Park Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Less than a week before Ellis Park Race Track’s most historic season is set to begin, the track announced that seven backstretch workers tested positive for COVID-19. Track officials announced their summer meet will begin as scheduled on Thursday, with limited fans in attendance. Of the seven Ellis Park backstretch […]

Wimbledon benefited from pandemic insurance in 2020, but likely won’t be able to secure the same coverage next year. (Image: Getty)

Wimbledon, Major Sporting Events Can’t Secure Pandemic Insurance for 2021

Insurance companies could pay out more than $100 billion in claims related to COVID-19 event cancellations this year, a situation that has made those firms reluctant to offer pandemic insurance going forward. According to a Reuters report, insurers are either dropping communicable disease coverage entirely or are making it so […]

Harris English was the latest PGA Tour golfer who tested positive for COVID-19. (Image: Getty)

PGA Tour Dealing Feverishly with COVID-19 Crisis

Five golfers have now tested positive for COVID-19, but PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said the tour’s protocols are working. Harris English is the latest casualty, announcing Monday that he’s withdrawing from this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic after testing positive for the virus. English joins Cameron Champ, Denny McCarthy, and […]

Spencer Dinwiddie (left) and DeAndre Jordan (right) during a game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (Image: AP)

Brooklyn Down; Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan Test Positive for COVID-19

It’s another bad beat in Brooklyn. Two members of the Brooklyn Nets — Spencer Dinwiddie (starting point guard) and DeAndre Jordan (backup center) — have tested positive for coronavirus. Jordan says he will opt-out of the NBA restart at Disney’s World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. Dinwiddie, the Nets leading […]

Under Armour is trying to weasel out of its 10-year $86 million Cal deal (Image; Cal Sports)

Under Armour Wants to Back Out of UCLA and Cal Contracts

Under Armour is trying to ditch its long-term contracts with two of California’s best-known college sports programs. This appears to be yet another desperate attempt by the fading apparel company to stem its mounting losses. Under Armour was struggling even before the global pandemic. Since then, things have only gotten […]

Ellis Park gets ready for its 2020 close-up when it opens to limited spectators Thursday. It is one of a handful of racetracks allowing fans inside. (Image: Ellis Park Racetrack)

Kentucky’s Ellis Park to Open Historic Meet with Limited Fans

Ellis Park will become the first Kentucky racetrack to allow spectators when the track opens Thursday for its summer meet. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s directive allows racetracks to admit spectators up to 50% capacity beginning Monday. The Henderson facility plans selling reserved seating to its Sky Theater, the second floor […]

David Beckham takes his sports investments online. (Image: Getty)

David Beckham Expands His Footing in Esports with Guild Investment

David Beckham, the former Manchester United star, recently acquired a sizable stake in Guild Esports. The mission of the new company is to develop esport talent, primarily through a player academy system and competition. Initially, Guild will focus on Rocket League, FiFA, and Fortnite. This is hardly Beckham’s first sports-related […]

The Kentucky Derby infield brings out a smorgasbord of party-goers. While fans are allowed inside this year's Derby, don't expect the same raucous infield crowds for a typical Derby. (Image: Jamey Price/Getty)

Kentucky Derby Will Run with Spectators, Limited Access, Strict Rules

Churchill Downs officials announced Thursday that the 146th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will run with a limited and yet unspecified number of spectators, a decision made in consultation with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and state public health officials. In so doing, Churchill Downs is trying to make a concerted […]

Tim Tebow played for the Binghampton, NY Rumble Ponies in 2018, one of the teams slated for elimination.

15 MiLB Teams Sue Insurance Companies to Collect Virus Claims

Fifteen minor league baseball teams filed a federal lawsuit against their insurance companies. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, alleges the insurers breached their contracts when they failed to pay claims related to MiLB’s business interruption. It’s been a difficult year for all sports leagues, but probably none more difficult than […]

Cameron Champ tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from the Travelers Championship. (Image: Getty)

Champ, McDowell, Koepka Withdraw from Travelers Championship Due to COVID-19

Two days before the start of the Travelers Championship, Cameron Champ tested positive for COVID-19. Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka also withdrew because their caddies tested positive for the disease. Champ and McDowell were both listed as 150/1 by William Hill to win the PGA Tour event, which begins Thursday […]

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets center, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Image: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

Joker Infected; Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic Tests Positive for COVID-19

Nikola Jokic, two-time All-Star with the Denver Nuggets, tested positive for coronavirus in his home country of Serbia. Jokic came in contract with tennis star, Novak Djokovic, who also tested positive for COVID-19. Jokic, 25, encountered Djokovic in Belgrade. Jokic tested positive for coronavirus last week and he’s been asymptomatic. […]

Rumors that members of the Orlando Pride took unnecessary risks. (Image: Getty)

Orlando Pulls Out of NWSL Tournament After Ten Test Positive

The Orlando Pride announced the team will miss the upcoming NWSL tournament after six players and four staff tested positive for coronavirus. The Challenge Cup is still on schedule to start in Utah on June 27 with the remaining eight teams. The NWSL is the first US professional team sport […]

New Jersey's Monmouth Park will open with 25% capacity July 3 for 37 days of racing. (Image: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)

Monmouth Park Reopens Next Week, Limited Spectators Allowed

Monmouth Park joins the American racetrack opening parade next week, announcing it will open its track and in-house William Hill sports book Thursday, July 2. What sets Monmouth Park apart from its top-tier track brethren in this COVID-19 era is that the New Jersey track will allow fans inside. Under […]

Positive COVID-19 Tests Negatively Affect College Football, Odds Steady

Positive COVID-19 Tests Negatively Affect College Football, Odds Steady

Despite COVID-19 greatly affecting some major college football programs, the odds of those teams winning the National Championship have generally stayed the same. In Alabama’s case, their odds have actually improved from when they were first released in January. Clemson and LSU, the two programs that met in the 2020 […]

Portland Sea Dogs transformed their minor league ballpark to become a temporary golf course at Hadlock Field. (Image: YouTube)

Portland Sea Dogs Turn Baseball Stadium Into 9-Hole Golf Course

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade (vodka optional). If you’re the Portland Sea Dogs, you pivot during the coronavirus pandemic. The Sea Dogs modified their minor league ballpark in Maine to become a 9-hole golf course. Instead of baseball games this summer, Hadlock Field will become a temporary […]