(Undated) — The NFL Players approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the league owners that guarantees NFL labor peace through at least 2030. It was a close vote, 1,019 to 959 with only a simple majority required to sanction. The new agreement includes a 17-game schedule, which could go into effect in 2021.
Deadline Time Today For Dak, Cooper
(Frisco, TX) — The new CBA agreement with the NFL allows teams to use only one franchise tag and transition tag this off-season. That leaves the Cowboys in a tough spot to keep both quarterback Dak Prescott and wideout Amari Cooper. If the club doesn’t reach a multi-year contract with one and tag the other by the deadline this morning, they might not be able to retain both. Obviously, they are focused on getting a multi-year deal finalized with Prescott or would certainly franchise tag him.
Texans Keeping Roby, Gaines
(Houston, TX) — The Texans are keeping cornerbacks Bradley Roy and Phillip Gaines. They re-signed Roy to a three-year, 36-million dollar contract, multiple-outlets report. Gaines agreed to a one-year minimum contract. He is a former Rice standout and is recovering from ankle surgery. He appeared in six games and started two.
Report: Titans, QB Tannehill Agree To Deal
(Nashville, TN) — The Tennessee Titans are moving forward with Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback. ESPN reports the two sides have agreed to a four-year deal worth 118-million-dollars. Tannehill was acquired in a trade from Miami last offseason and opened the year as Marcus Mariota’s [[ MAR-ee-OH-tah ]] backup, but ended up starting 10 games and helping the Titans reach the AFC Championship Game.
Rangers, Astros Players Advised To Leave Training Complexes
(Undated) — Rangers’ players still working out at their Surprise, Arizona complex will likely be leaving soon. Ditto for Astros’ players at their West Palm Beach, Florida spring training facility. MLB sent a memo to all 30 clubs yesterday, encouraging players to go home unless rehabbing from an injury to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Informal workouts are no longer permitted.
Springer, Bregman Make Donations
(Houston, TX) — Astros’ All-Star outfielder George Springer is donating 100-thousand dollars to employees at Minute Maid Park who would be impacted by events’ cancellations. MVP runner-up Alex Bregman donated 1,000 food kits to the Houston Food Bank to ensure 28,000 meals will be served to children who depend on free school lunches.
NBA Sends Memo To Teams Allowing Players To Leave Cities
(Undated) — Mavericks players no longer have to remain in the Dallas area. Rockets players are not required to remain in Houston. The NBA sent memos to teams telling them players are allowed to leave their respective cities during the coronavirus pandemic hiatus.
Stars Could Be Off Ice Until May
(Dallas, TX) — The Dallas Stars may be off the ice for a prolonged period. If the NHL follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to cancel or postpone all large events and mass gatherings for eight weeks, players would be off the ice until May. To battle the virus, the NHL ordered every home and visiting team facility sanitized in unparalleled methods. NHL teams have been told it would be a least a week before facilities could be opened for small group skates or workouts.
FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo Teams Won’t Be Able To Practice As A Group For Awhile
(Undated) — Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through Friday. This means Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas players are expected to remain in the club’s respective markets despite the halt in team activities and have been advised to exercise social distancing measures, the league said. The moratorium applies to first-team trainings, reserve teams and academies. Players are permitted to use team facilities for individual and voluntary training and rehabilitation sessions, but are prohibited from working out in groups.
CDC Recommends No Groups Of 50+ For Eight Weeks
(Undated) — It will be a while before you see any pro sports teams back in action. The Center for Disease Control is now recommending no groups of 50 or more for the next eight weeks. That means the sports world will likely stay dormant at least two more months.
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