Reports indicate that Major League Baseball is preparing to suspend its season as a consequence of the coronavirus, making the league the latest sporting and economic institution to be disrupted as a result of the virus’ hectic spread.
Reporters within the baseball world confirmed Thursday that many league executives and owners are expecting the Commissioner of the league to announce that operations will be suspended, with the start of the regular season delayed.
After a conference call among owners this afternoon, Major League Baseball is expected to suspend spring training. The league likely will delay the beginning of the regular season as well. At this point, it's a formality that ownership-level sources expect to happen.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 12, 2020
A suspension of Major League Baseball operations would follow recent suspensions of the NBA and the NHL.
It’s relatively unprecedented for major American sports leagues to simply close up shop. The last time a halt of similar circumstances took place was in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Baseball’s Commissioner, Rob Manfred, has the luxury of suspending play while the league is in the midst of spring training, akin to a pre-season. A disruption during the regular season would prove far more economically damaging to the industry, which supports thousands of American jobs.
The league formally confirmed a suspension on operations on a tweet on Thursday afternoon. Spring training games are cancelled as of Thursday and the regular season is officially delayed by two weeks.
Statement from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/0bWS5VTRPu
— MLB (@MLB) March 12, 2020
While the suspension of sporting leagues such as Major League Baseball proves an unpleasant development to baseball fans, it’s probably for the best that luxuries such as sports are put on hiatus while American society works to get a hold of the coronavirus threat.
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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