Adam Silver says NBA not yet in a position to make a decision about season

first_imgNBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not in a position to make any decisions on the remainder of the 2019-20 season because there is still too much uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic.The NBA has been suspended since March 11 because of the COVID-19 crisis, which has killed at least 154,100 people worldwide and about 37,100 in the U.S. The league made the decision after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. MORE: NBA, NBAPA agree on salary cuts that will begin in MayThe league remains committed to resuming its campaign, Silver told reporters, but there still is no timetable for a possible restart.”Based on the reports that we got from varied outside officials, current public health officials . . . we are not in a position to make any decisions,” Silver said in a conference call Friday. “And it’s unclear when we will be.”Silver added: “There is a lot of data that all has to be melded together to help make these decisions. That is part of the uncertainty. We are not even at the point where we can say if only A, B and C were met, then there is a clear path. I think there is still too much uncertainty at this point to say precisely how we move forward.”I’ll add that the underlying principle remains the health and well-being of NBA players and everyone involved. We begin with that as paramount.”MORE: Sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19The NBA is reportedly exploring the possibility of holding the entire postseason in Las Vegas. There has been talk the league could head straight into the playoffs if the campaign resumes.”We are looking at all those things right now,” Silver said. “I’d say that in terms of bubble-like concepts, many of them have been proposed to us and we’ve only listened.”We are not seriously engaged yet in that type of environment because I can’t answer what precisely would we need to see in order to feel that that environment provided the needed health and safety for our players and everyone involved. GREER: Projecting a hypothetical playoff bracket”I know it’s frustrating, it is for me and everyone involved that I am not in position to be able to answer the question. … There is still enormous uncertainty around the virus as well. Now, there is a lot that is changing quickly and we may be in a very different position some number of weeks from now.”But it is why I initially announced at the beginning of April that I felt with confidence we would not be able to make any decisions in the month of April. I should clarify that I didn’t mean to suggest that on May 1 I would be in a position.”last_img read more

England Golf announce three-year partnership with Sky Sports

first_img England Golf has announced a three-year partnership with Sky Sports to promote the Get Into Golf initiative across the UK, with the aim of bringing 500,000 new or lapsed golfers into the sport by the end of 2018. Get Into Golf is a national campaign supported by the Home Unions of England, Scotland and Wales, The European Tour, The Ladies European Tour, The PGA, The Golf Foundation and The R&A. The announcement comes as golf is set to get a huge boost from Danny Willett’s dramatic win in the Masters. He’s only the second Englishman to win the title and the first for 20 years – and his victory is predicted to inspire new generations of golfers. England Golf is committed to increasing the number of people that play golf; inspires people to take up and play more golf by providing a local activity finder for taster sessions, beginner and improver courses, plus a wealth of information about the game. Nick Pink, CEO of England Golf, commented on the announcement: “Working alongside Sky Sports as part of our marketing strategy for Get Into Golf is a great opportunity for the sport, their support will be invaluable in inspiring new golfers and spreading the message that golf is a game for all.” He added: “We are aware, like many other sports, golf faces challenges around declining participation. Get Into Golf is a call to action and working with Sky across their channels and digital outlets, as well as the wider golfing community puts us in a strong position to change perceptions, ensuring a bright future for golf” Jason Wessely, Head of Golf at Sky Sports, said: “Our partnership with Get Into Golf illustrates our desire to help get more people to the range and out on the course. This partnership comes at a great time after the amazing and inspiring success of home grown talent at The Masters. We hope to inspire players and fans further around the BMW PGA Championship, The Open, The Ryder Cup and The British Masters.” Get Into Golf is supported by Sport England National Lottery funding and activity is delivered by over 760 local clubs and PGA professionals. In 2015 had over 800,000 visits and has already seen an increase in regular participation and has impacted club membership numbers. 12 Apr 2016 England Golf announce three-year partnership with Sky Sports last_img read more