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Trump Critic Jemele Hill Leaves ESPN

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A prominent anti-Trump critic who made ESPN nearly unwatchable after injecting her political opinions into sports commentary has decided to leave the network after 12 years.

“Over the last several weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about my job status. Today is my last day at ESPN. More from me on closing one of the most special chapters in my life:” she Tweeted, attaching a message thanking several colleagues and mentors at the network.

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Perhaps the most memorable moment from Hill’s career at the sports giant was when she publicly beefed with President Donald J. Trump on Twitter.

“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” she said on Twitter almost exactly one year ago.

In her decade-long career at ESPN before Trump took office, she never labeled him as such, though he was a public figure during that time.

She also famously called Trump a “bigot” and “unqualified and unfit to be president,” adding that he never would have been elected if he weren’t white.

Hill was suspended for violating ESPN’s social media guidelines in October after calling on fans to boycott the Dallas Cowboys when team owner Jerry Jones threatened to bench players who did not stand for the National Anthem.

Hill has hinted at her departure for some time.

“It feels very much like this next iteration of my career will be more about me being behind the camera, creating content, writing scripted and unscripted shows and movies than it will be in sports,” Hill said during an interview at OZY Fest.

Mixing sports with politics did not prove to be the smartest strategy for the formerly-respected sports titan. In fact, the company released a statement in June saying that evening SportsCenter ratings were up 19% – after they fired Hill and her co-host Michael Smith from the show.

The network has lost nearly 13 million subscribers since its 2011 peak.

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Major League Baseball Considering Starting Season in Arizona During Coronavirus

The games will be played with no fans.

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Major League Baseball is considering starting its regular season exclusively in the state of Arizona, with teams utilizing spring training facilities and the Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field to play regular season games without fans present.

League officials and representatives of the MLB’s players union were reported to be in talks about the unprecedented proposal on Monday. The season was suspended in early March as the severity of the coronavirus epidemic became apparent, following in the wake of the NBA and the NHL.

Arizona has ten spring training facilities within fifty miles, all situated within the Phoenix metro area. Florida, the other state that hosts spring training facilities, has them spread over an area of 220 miles. Arizona’s warm and dry climate is also resilient to the spread of infectious diseases, and Americans have come to the state to improve their health for decades.

However, the proposal would entail games being played in empty stadiums without fans. Spring training facilities would be used, and the proposal would purportedly involve the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field hosting daily tripleheaders.

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Longtime player agent Scott Boras endorsed the proposal when speaking with Fox News, arguing that the presence of Major League Baseball would provide a form of entertainment for Americans distressed by the historically unprecedented Chinese coronavirus.

It allows for the immediacy of a schedule, where you might be able to begin it and televise it, provide Major League Baseball to America,” said Boras of the idea. “You talk to a psychologist about it and they say it’s it’s really good for a culture to have to have sport and to have a focus like that, where for a few hours a day they can take their minds off the difficult reality of the virus.”

In any case, there’s no chance of the season beginning in any capacity before mid-May at the earliest. But if the proposal is utilized, the MLB could be the first major American sporting league to resume operations in the wake of the coronavirus.

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