SPORTS: NFL’s Sexual Assault Problems

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by Reid Campbell, Emily Carter–

Yet again the NFL is finding itself in a controversy surrounding its handling of sexual assault cases. Antonio Brown, a star wide receiver and former New England Patriots players has been allowed back in the league despite numerous allegation of rape and an ongoing civil lawsuit filed against him for sexual assault.

This is not the first time this has happened in the National Football League. Numerous players in the past have been accused of similar crimes, and have only been given suspensions from a handful of games, not forced out of seasons or outright banned from the league like many have called for.

The NFL has created programs in the past to change how people view the leagues handling of these situations, like a series of PSAs from 2014. In this podcast Reid Campbell and Emily Carter discuss the Brown case, prior issues in the league, and the failures of the NFL

SPORTS: Covid-19’s financial impact on NCAA

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by Evan McNally, Sarah Wormald–

Coronavirus cancellations and complications have led to an immense financial deficit in college sports programs across the nation. The NCAA lost $375 million as a result of the cancellation of March Madness in the spring.

If football is cancelled during the fall 2020 season, it is estimated that college football programs will lose $4 billion in revenue. The impact of this loss trickles down to other sports, and some schools have cut non-revenue sports to compensate. 

Virginia Tech is also anticipating formidable challenges to their revenue streams, mainly those including support from the ACC, ticket sales, and sponsorships. Over 50% of Virginia Tech’s athletic revenue during 2019 came from football.

Additionally, Virginia Tech football serves as a massive economic stimulus for the town of Blacksburg, with a potential $70 million to be lost if football is cancelled. College sports will continue to adapt in response to Covid-19 in the upcoming months.

Where do sports go from here?

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By Kayleigh Toney and Sean Torney

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our normal life including sports. It’s unclear when sports might make their comeback or if sports and sporting events will ever go back to normal. It could be a long time before we see fans allowed back in the stands. Until a vaccine is available there isn’t much confidence in a large gathering like a sporting event happening. There are many options and possibilities as to how sports can come back with all leagues attempting to find a solution. In this podcast, we discuss what we think might happen in the world of sports.

SPORTS: MLB’s plan to start 2020 season

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by Dan Demski, Andrew Webb–

Due to Covid-19, the Major League Baseball season has been delayed. Opening day of the 2020 season was set for March 26 but because of health concerns for players, coaches and fans, the season was unable to start then.

In this podcast, we discuss a new plan by Major League Baseball to bring baseball back in the coming weeks. According to a CBS Sports article, The plan includes having three different sites where all games to be played. The sites would be professional and minor league facilities in Arizona, Texas and Florida. This would require all the divisions to be changed for the 2020 season. There are currently no set plans as far as a timetable for return.

SPORTS: What to watch without live action

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by Lilly Savin and Troy Clark —

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many sports have been forced to shut down operations until the disease subsides. Without the usual run of live programming available to stations such as ESPN, broadcasters have taken to some unusual, highly unique “sports” to fill the airwaves. You can catch marble runs, virtual car racing, and some other wacky events on all of the usual sports networks.

Indeed the sports media and event market is a large one in the United States, so filling this gap will be a challenge for even the most interesting of these new “sports.” It remains to be seen whether further cancellations will occur, which will present a greater challenge moving into the future.

All About the Astros

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At the conclusion of the 2019 World Series, a story that had been speculated on for years broke detailing how the Houston Astros had been illegally stealing signs using an outfield camera and cheating in Major League Baseball games; most notably in 2017 when they won the World Series. Since the scandal was brought to the public’s attention, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and field manager AJ Hinch were suspended for the 2020 season, the team was fined $5 million and forfeited their first and second round picks in the coming two years. However, Astros players were given immunity in exchange for information. At the conclusion of the investigation, Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred’s findings along with the absence of punishment has sparked outrage among fans and MLB players on various teams.

2020 Blacksburg Classic

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 2020 Blacksburg Classic took place on Sunday afternoon at Margaret Beeks Elementary School. The 35th annual race had a one-mile fun run, a 5K and a 10-mile run. Runners were treated with a medal and snacks after the race.

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SPORTS: Transgender Athletes


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by Ada Wellford, Matija Muhar–

In recent years there has been an increase of transgender athletes in competitive sports. The increase of transgender wins raises questions about whether or not it is fair for transgender athletes to compete with cisgender athletes. Currently, there are around 150 to 200 transgender athletes competing in NCAA sports. 

In this episode we will explore the different points of view regarding transgender athletes in sporting competitions. The NCAA requires that transgender women must kept their testosterone levels below 10 nmol/L for a full year. However, data shows that transgender women still retain psychical advantages over cis women. Many people feel this advantage is unfair. However, many people believe banning the already marginalized group of transgender athletes is also unfair.

Blacksburg native Lanto Griffin becomes PGA Tour winner

Lanto Griffin learned the game of golf at the Blacksburg Country Club and years later is hoisting the trophy for a PGA Tour victory. Griffin won the Houston Open last Sunday on a dramatic birdie late into the competition.

“This is going to be a week I never forget, regardless of what happens in the rest of my career,” said Griffin in his press conference following the victory. “I feel very fortunate; I’m beyond words. Thank you to Houston.”

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The top spot came down to one stroke, as Griffin finished with a -14 on the day. Mark Hubbard and Scott Harrington both finished with -13, while Harris English and Xinjun Zhang both came in at -11.

Griffin, Harrington, and Hubbard were all tied at -13 until the 16th hole. Griffin was able to hit a difficult birdie shot to take a late advantage and continue on par for the final two holes.

The victory at the Houston open is Griffin’s first career PGA Tour win as well as his first professional win. Following the victory, Griffin was ranked 13th in the PGA Tour rankings amongst golf’s elite performers.

Griffin worked on his game as a young player at the Blacksburg Country Club before attending Virginia Commonwealth University on a golf scholarship in 2006. It wasn’t until 2018 that Griffin was able to work up through the professional ranks and join the PGA Tour.

“I set realistic goals and then I like to achieve them and set new ones,” Griffin said. “We’ll have to sit down and re-evaluate the rest of the year. For me, when I play well it makes me want to do even better.”

After winning the Houston Open, Griffin will be invited to the Masters Tournament this spring in Augusta, Georgia.

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