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Today on KSR: Will the NBA/MLB Actually Return?

Good Morning, Big Blue Nation!!!  I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday morning around the Bluegrass (and wherever else ‘Cats fans may be reading this from today).  I don’t want to start your day off with any sort of doom and gloom, so let’s cover a few positive, fun topics before we discuss some of the issues swirling around the return of two of the major professional sports leagues.

Final Round of the Charles Schwab Challenge

There are live sports on television now with the return of the PGA Tour at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.  So, once again, Sundays mean professional golfers competing for a title.  There are a couple of good Kentucky connections that are right in the thick of things going into the final round today as well.  Louisville native Justin Thomas is 12-under and in a log jam of golfers just one shot behind leader Xander Suchauffele.  Thomas tees off at 1:00 (ET) this afternoon.

Also, friend of Kentucky Sports Radio, Aaron Flener. is the caddy for J.T. Poston who is currently sitting in 15th place at 9-under.  On Friday, Poston carded a 66 at the request of birthday boy Drew Franklin and is lurking four shots off of the lead.  Poston will tee off at Noon (ET).  TV Coverage will pick up on CBS from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Jack Pilgrim Goes to Tennessee

Despite some of the rumblings going on around the NBA, basketball was being played yesterday, albeit in an open gym in Brentwood, Tennessee.  Our very own Jack Pilgrim decided to make the trip down to check in on top 2022 Kentucky basketball prospect Skyy Clark.  Also participating in the open gym was Alex Poythress along with other NBA players Darius Garland, Robert Covington, and Ian Clark.  Go check out Jack’s article for some highlights and more coverage from yesterday’s open gym.

Olivier Sarr’s Eligibility Waiver is Submitted

While this wasn’t exactly a mystery, ESPN’s Dick Vitale did confirm yesterday that Kentucky has submitted the necessary paperwork to appeal for Sarr’s immediate eligibility following his transfer from Wake Forest.  This waiver was almost certainly submitted immediately upon him signing back in May, but it now has the Dickie V seal of approval after his phone conversation with Coach Calipari yesterday evening.

NBA Players Uncertain About Returning?

Despite having a plan in place to return to action on July 30th, the last few days have been met with a lot of questions regarding the return of the National Basketball Association.  Everything from quarantine restrictions in Orlando, to the racism issues facing our country, to the ability of “at-risk” coaches being allowed on the bench during games, are at the forefront of potential hurdles that the NBA and the Player’s Association need to come to agreements on.  These issues were raised earlier this week during a conference call with players, led by Player’s Association Vice President Kyrie Irving.

There is also a group of players, including former Kentucky Wildcats Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox, who are seeking potential insurance policies before returning to play in Orlando.  Adebayo, Fox, and a few of their 2017 Draft Class peers are eligible for rookie extensions at the end of this season and the uncertainty of the Orlando bubble, along with the potential for injury after several months off, have them seeking some ways to protect themselves against their potential loss of future earnings.

Major League Baseball Continues to Negotiate

The NBA may have a few hurdles to still overcome before everyone is on board for a return to play, but the MLB has massive issues to work out before games can even be scheduled.  A few days ago, Major League Baseball issued its latest proposal, which included a 72-game season and players earning about 80% of their prorated salaries.  However, the players rejected that offer on Saturday and have stated that they will not provide a counter offer.  This thread of tweets from ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan explains things better than I can, but it appears that Monday will be a very important day for those of us that hope to have baseball this summer.

That’s your news to start your day.  This is the only June 14th of 2020 that you will ever get, so let’s make it a great one!


Article written by Brandon Ramsey

Basketball X's & O's for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @BRamseyKSR

14 Comments for Today on KSR: Will the NBA/MLB Actually Return?

  1. Shark
    10:34 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

    I hope we have no sports, especially the nba until all this rioting and looting is over. Sports like nba will be so politicized and having to hear why taking a knee during the Nat Anthem is okay.

    • Han
      11:06 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Heaven forbid people don’t show blind nationalism to a piece of cloth or a song, instead of honoring and utilizing the rights the flag is meant to represent.

      Shut up and play! Stick to sports and leave politics to people that know it! Regular citizens shouldn’t say anything about their rights! Now, back to the reality TV President.


    • Han
      11:15 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Also, why exactly is it important to play a national anthem before a non-international basketball game or football game? Olympics or national team games? Sure. Domestic game…why? It started to stoke nationalism and patriotism during war time, but then it stuck.

      So why? To remind us of our freedoms? Our privileges? To remind us to be grateful for our great nation? Ok. So why not play it every day in every business place to remind us to be grateful we get to work? Why not play it before every meal to remind us other nations are worse off? How about before every movie in the theater?

      And what about people who are getting treated like crap by that nation? Are they supposed to honor an anthem or flag, or strive for equal treatment and the vision the flag is supposed to represent for all?

      Taking a knee hurts no one, except the feelings of people who keep arguing it disrespects the troops, forcing people to keep having to explain it to you why they’re doing it and why it’s not only okay, but emblematic of our rights.

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:54 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Han you’ve just confirmed what I already suspected. You’re a complete idiot.

  2. Shark
    11:29 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

    Pres Trump just says what everyone thinks but are afraid to say on tv. He calls the media out for what they are, biased and liars.
    He is the most personable and reachable Pres ever and if the BLM wanted to meet with him and discuss things he would.
    Obama wouldn’t

    • Bluehender
      11:31 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Thank God he doesn’t lie…

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:56 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Trump like all other presidents before him is following the script, he’s doing as he is told by the puppet masters. No politician is coming to save this country, it’s time to wake up.

  3. Blue Mass
    11:46 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

    Looks like MLS is about to have a wonderful opportunity. And frankly it is significantly more intriguing than the NBA or MLB.
    Frankly, the MLB may be in the process of a final death nail with it’s actions. Most people’s care for MLB has been waning for awhile.
    We do have a 30 for 30 tonight that can remind some of how much fun it was before the PC police and puritans decided boredom, like it used to be, was better.

    • Bluehender
      11:51 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

      I’d rather watch baseball any day than soccer..

  4. Blue Mass
    11:53 am June 14, 2020 Permalink

    Then I can only guess you have not watched much soccer. Agree to disagree.

    • Bluehender
      12:20 pm June 14, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed. Neither sport offers a lot of excitement. I think soccer would be better if they shortened the field and had more scoring. A lot of wasted running. Baseball is not a lot better but I grew up playing it. But that’s just me..

  5. Blue Mass
    1:31 pm June 14, 2020 Permalink

    I grew up playing baseball as well and was a big Braves fan as kid thanks to TBS. Both when they stink and when they were in contention with Smoltz, Maddux, and Glavine.

    Baseball lost me short after, but I came back during the era of the long ball. Watching with joy, and the rest of the country, as Mark and Sammy went toe to toe.

    Baseball then decided to get sanctimonious and started the process of destroying the sport. I have not really been back (except to watch the Cubs win a World Series) since.

    MLS is a really good product and I think a lot of Americans will really enjoy this World Cup type tournament, and who knows, many may just find another American sport to “pass the time” with.

  6. Blue Mass
    1:32 pm June 14, 2020 Permalink


  7. BigBlueFoo42777
    8:35 am June 15, 2020 Permalink

    I’m for any sport that allows me to gamble. My hot streak with the horses is long gone.