April 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 8 comments

If a large country reaches a point where it has a miniscule number of coronavirus cases, I am wondering about the feasibility of an American sports league to play all its games there.

posted by rcade at 06:52 PM on April 27, 2020

I'm not sure Vanuatu has an ice hockey arena.

posted by owlhouse at 10:38 PM on April 27, 2020

They know a business opportunity when they see so they're building one now

posted by NoMich at 10:46 PM on April 27, 2020

The latest rumor mill has it that ESPN and the Korean pro baseball league are close to a TV rights deal? Maybe? Hopefully

posted by NoMich at 10:48 PM on April 27, 2020

I would not be surprised to see MLB do a season behind closed doors, with the tri-state plan (FL, TX, and AZ hubs) most likely. Apparently MLB teams make only 20% of their revenues from gate receipts, and I would have to think that even with a shortened season, ad revenues from the eyeballs of a sports-starved nation (nations, including Canada " that's for you, grum and and DJE) that is otherwise shut in could generate returns that might bring the networks to honor much of their commitments.

posted by holden at 12:01 AM on April 28, 2020

Or they could use that Field of Dreams field they're building in Iowa and have the ghosts umpire the games. You can't get COVID-19 from a ghost, right?

posted by bender at 09:42 AM on April 28, 2020

Bender, have you seen a peer-reviewed study on that? Because otherwise far too early to make a call on ghosts as hosts.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:18 AM on April 28, 2020

Only a meme shared by a high school classmate on facebook. It did not include a citation, but it didn't have any misspelled words either, so it seemed legit. No word on whether having drunk bleach was necessary to the outcome either.

posted by bender at 01:51 PM on April 28, 2020

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