The Detroit Red Wings have added some goaltending depth. The Wings have signed Victor Brattstrom out of Sweden to a two-year entry-level contract. Brattstrom was their sixth-round draft pick in 2018.
Detroit’s top farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, also re-signed former Ferris State goalie Pat Nagle.
The Finlandia University baseball team has added another new recruit. Jacob Godoshian is a utility player from Washington, Michigan.
The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled its 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year’s class, which is headlined by longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, will be inducted along with the 2021 class next summer.
Could the 2020 season begin before Independence Day? More details about Major League Baseball’s latest theory are emerging. Teams would be divided geographically into three divisions – east coast, central, and west coast. To reduce travel, teams would only face opponents from within their own division. Detroit would play its usual American League Central Division opponents, along with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs, the Saint Louis Cardinals, and the Atlanta Braves. Games would be played at big-league stadiums. Fans would not be permitted until maybe late in the season. Officials are hoping that play could begin as soon as late June.
The NBA is considering finishing its season at Disney World. The resort’s Wide World of Sports complex has 12 basketball courts, with two already wired for television. It has plenty of hotel rooms and other amenities for players who would be basically quarantined on-site for the duration of the season.
The NCAA has moved a step closer to allowing college athletes to be compensated for some activities. The Board of Governors yesterday voted in favor of permitting athletes to profit from their names, images or likenesses. That would open up potential endorsement deals for high-profile players. Athletes would be able to identify the school they attend, but school and conference logos and other trademarked materials could not be used. There would be no cap on endorsement income.
Specific guidelines will still need to be drawn up and approved, and could be in place by the fall of 2021.
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