May 23, 2020
By Al Ortiz
It was reported earlier that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott turned down a five-year, $175 million contract from the team, but Prescott's representation made sure to quickly blow out that speculation flame. According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapaport, both the Cowboys and Prescott's agent denied that this proposal had been made. It has long been reported that Prescott wants a four-year deal instead of five. The saga continues, but won't continue past July 15, at least in these circumstances, as that is the deadline for Prescott to sign a franchise tender or a long term deal.
If an MLB season comes to fruition, the Texas Rangers would prefer to have their second installment of spring training in their new Globe Life Field instead of hopping over to Arizona, where their initial spring training was hosted. According to Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels, "One of the critical pieces here is being able to space people out responsibly and safely, and we're going to have as much or more space than anybody -- and brand-new, clean, state-of-the-art facilities."
Heading down south to the Rangers' Texas counterparts, the Houston Astros are hoping to open Minute Maid Park to players for individual workouts "very soon", according to the Houston Chronicle. Some players have been inside the facility recently, but only those who are requiring injury rehabilitation. The Astros, according to the Chronicle, are still hammering out policy details.
Also, in NBA news, Keith Smith of Yahoo! Sports has leaked some information - provided by an anonymous team executive - regarding the potential re-start of an NBA season. According to Smith's official Twitter account, the timeline to resume play includes:
- Early June: Teams back in facilities
- Mid-late June - Training camps
- Early-July: Teams travel to a single "bubble" site to play games
- Mid-July: Games begin
- Early-September: Season ends
- Mid-September: NBA Draft
- Late-September: Free agency
- December: 2020/2021 Season begins
More details - which are coming daily - to come as they develop!
And finally, in somber news, a shout out to former Utah Jazz Head Coach Jerry Sloan, who just passed away on Friday morning. Team officials say Sloan died from complications from Parkinson's disease and Lew body dementia. Jerry Sloan's Jazz of the 90's frequently battled against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs, and were more famously remembered for battling the Bulls in the last two of the Bulls' championships in the late-90's. Cheers to you, Jerry Sloan. Thank you for the memories.