Will baseball or basketball return first? A successful golf match and NASCAR wins

Fat Guy Corner



The sports world remains pretty much quiet, and what happens in the future is pure speculation. There are four major sports leagues and baseball seems to be the closest to starting up.

The MLBPA has submitted a proposal of a 114 game schedule to the owners of MLB. The proposal features deferred salaries and the option for players to opt out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. The season would run from June 30 to Oct. 31. I imagine that the proposal will be rejected by the owners, who want an 82-game schedule. The reasoning behind 82 games is the owners fear more games played, more money lost. The players of course want as much money as possible. The MLB owners want a prorated money deal that fits them financially. The two sides seem far apart in negotiations if you ask me. I will say that on the positive side is both have proposals on the table. However, a compromise could be very hard to attain in a such a short time period. I personally hope the two sides can reach a deal and baseball can resume. “Play Ball” would be nice words to hear in this strange year of 2020.

The golf match between Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning was a huge success. Titled “The Match: Champions for Charity,” it drew 5.8 million viewers. The event was the most watched golf telecast in cable television history. The match also raised $20 million for coronavirus relief. Tiger and Peyton, if you did not know, won the match. I like that Phil wants to make it an annual event mixing in other athletes who are decent golfers. I personally want to see Michael Jordan participate next time. The golf fans were treated to a tremendous event and I think Phil is right — let’s keep having the event. The other golf news is Rory McIIroy has stated that most players want the Ryder Cup postponed until 2021. The Ryder Cup is scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straights in Wisconsin. I feel if the event is played with no fans it loses the zest of the event. The Ryder Cup is about hooting and hollering by fans and playing in a raucous atmosphere. Let’s be honest, the atmosphere also fires up the golfers playing in the event. Will the Ryder Cup be played in 2020? I guess time will tell. The PGA Tour will resume with the Schwab Colonial on June 11 in Texas. If you’re wondering, there will be no spectators at the event.

The NBA has a vote on Thursday to bring 22 teams to Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in July. The NBA will need three fourths of its owners to approve of the plan.

I believe the plan will pass. The plan includes some regular season games and playoff games.

There are a few plans on the table and which one the NBA uses nobody really knows. However, it looks like the NBA will complete their season and crown a champ. I think Adam Silver is a tremendous commissioner and exudes great leadership qualities. We will be watching NBA basketball this summer — trust me.

The NASCAR season has resumed racing and Michigan native Brad Keselowski has won twice in one week. He won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway about seven days ago. Brad also gets the win at Bristol Motor Speedway. I guess I better start following the NASCAR scene with all the other sports sitting idle. I have to admit, the longer sports sit on the sidelines, the less chance they have of bringing back the fans. I think the casual fans will find something else to entertain themselves! Am I right? How much do you miss sports right now? I can be reached at thefatguy@mihomepaper.com.