Sport NFL Draft still set for late April, Las Vegas spectacle canceled amid coronavirus pandemic
Major college basketball conference tournaments canceled due to coronavirus
College basketball tournaments across the country were canceled on Thursday due to the health risks associated with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Cancellations came from the AAC, ACC, Atlantic 10, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, MAC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC have all canceled their men’s basketball tournaments due to the coronavirus outbreak. The leagues announced their decisions Thursday morning just before games in many of the tournaments were set to tip off. Many tournaments had already begun, with early-round games being played earlier in the week. For other conferences, Thursday marked the beginning of their respective tournaments.
The NFL will proceed with the NFL Draft as scheduled, but with a major hitch: all public draft events planned for the Las Vegas Strip have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The league still plans to televise the draft, which will be held on its original dates April 23-25, in some fashion, though, and released the following statement:
“In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft.
CBS Sports Network filling TV's live sports void with Professional Bull Riders event
With the previously scheduled NBA, college basketball, MLS, NHL and XFL not on TV this weekend, the Professional Bull Riders will take center stage.TV programming will be devoid of the previously scheduled NBA, college basketball, MLS, NHL and XFL, with the events and telecasts having been canceled because of the spread of COVID-19. But there will cowboys climbing onto the backs of 1,800-pound bulls, and a chance to watch it live.
The clubs' selection of players will proceed as scheduled April 23-25. The NFL is exploring innovative options for how the process will be conducted and will provide that information as it becomes available. The selection process will be televised.
Public NFL Draft events in Las Vegas next month will not take place.
“This decision reflects our foremost priority — the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl.”
The draft was planned for Vegas as a lead-in to the Raiders’ move from Oakland to Sin City. Players will still hear their name called; just not as part of the same spectacle the league and city had planned.
Instagram steps up effort to curb COVID-19 disinformation .
Instagram said Tuesday it was ramping up efforts to promote reliable content about the coronavirus pandemic and stop the spread of misinformation on the image-centric social network. The move by the Facebook-owned service with more than one billion users worldwide comes amid a scramble by social networks to deliver verified information and stamp out hoaxes. "People who search for information related to the coronavirus or COVID-19 on Instagram will start to see an educational message connecting them to resources from the World Health Organization and local health ministries," Instagram said in a blog post.